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Easter engineering works battle Storm Katie

Manchester Victoria

Site workers completed 450 rail engineering projects while Storm Katie caused damage and disruption to the network over the Easter weekend.

As the storm hit yesterday, overhead electrical wires were damaged on the East Coast mainline, a wall collapsed onto the tracks in north west London, part of the roof was blown off a station in Bognor and over 100 trees were blown onto the railway in the south east of England.

Storm Katie

Storm Katie

Engineers were drafted in overnight to clear lines, make repairs and keep passengers and freight moving.

Network Rail’s £60M Easter investment programme including building and construction of new station facilities, longer platforms, extra tracks, new junctions and the installation of thousands of pieces of new equipment.

In and around London, overhead lines were renewed and Crossrail work was completed on the Great Eastern Main Line, while old track was replaced near Waterloo and a railway junction was replaced at Battersea Park.


Crossrail Easter overground work at a glance

Electrification in west London and Berkshire and improvements to the infrastructure in Essex near Brentwood and Gidea Park

Platform extensions at a number of locations including West Ealing, Southall and Hayes & Harlington stations in order to accommodate longer trains

Major trackwork at locations including Maidenhead, Old Oak Common, Stockley and Shenfield to increase capacity and improve the reliability of the railway

Construction of the landmark new station at Abbey Wood began with several huge pre-cast concrete slabs lifted into place to form the base of the new two-storey building.

A complete junction was replaced at Battersea, with track and eight sets of points – which allow trains to move from one track to another – taken up and renewed. 

In Manchester, a major nine-day programme of work was started to improve the track layout at Manchester Victoria station as part of Network Rail’s Northern Hub project.

In Scotland, work continued to replace 1.8km of ageing track leading up to Glasgow Queen Street station to allow faster, greener and longer trains to run between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In Kent signals were upgraded to improve the reliability of the railway for passengers.

Battersea Park junction replacement timelapse



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