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More than 400 rail schemes this bank holiday

Waterloo upgrade

More than 400 projects are planned on Britain’s railway this bank holiday weekend.

Network Rail said 9,600 workers would be delivering £84M of work to upgrade infrastructure while business travel was reduced.

Meanwhile, Highways England is taking the opposite approach – removing 480km of roadworks to ease travel over the long weekend.

Rail schemes include replacement of a junction at North Wembley that will require closure of Euston station for all three days.

There will also be intensive work in the Derby station area as work continues to transform track and signalling. No CrossCountry services will call at Derby until 3 September.

Track will be replaced near Coventry, meaning buses will take passengers between Birmingham International and Rugby rail stations.

Network Rail managing director of England and Wales Andy Thomas said: “This bank holiday weekend, thousands of rail workers across Britain will be delivering essential improvements that will lead to faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways. While it will be business as usual on most of the network, we urge all passengers to check before they travel.”

Highways England is preparing to lift and complete works to ensure more than 97% of motorways and major A-roads will be roadworks-free for the three-day weekend.

Highways England customer service director Melanie Clarke said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for this August getaway.” 

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