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Network Rail complete 'successful' £55M easter work

Network Rail has returned passenger and freight services: “Back to normal” following a £55M programme of work on the network during the easter break.

Network Rail’s chief executive Iain Coucher said: ”This weekend 4,500 engineers worked day and night across the country to build Britain a bigger and better railway.

“With fewer people working over the bank holiday, it’s the best time to do this work. I would like to thank passengers and train and freight operators for their patience as we carried out these important improvements,” he said.

65,000 trains ran over Easter - 5,000 more than last year - with 97% of them running on time on Easter Sunday. A record for Network Rail.

200,000 man-hours of work went into:

London:

  • Thameslink - Works at Blackfriars, Farringdon and Elephant & Castle form part of the £5.5bn programme which will result in a massive increase in the number of train services on London’s Thameslink route, one of the busiest in Europe.
  • Wimbledon - South West Trains passengers will be able to enjoy more comfortable and reliable journeys as a result of works to improve the track around Wimbledon.
  • Liverpool Street - Investment in the overhead power lines on the Great Eastern route will help improve reliability and increase performance for passengers on the route between London, Essex and East Anglia. The works are part of a £200M project.

Midlands:

  • Tipton - A new bridge will be constructed to allow the complete closure of the last remaining level crossing on the West Coast Main Line between Euston and Wolverhampton, improving reliability of services and safety on one of the country’s most important routes.
  • Rugby, Nuneaton, Stoke on Trent - Continued improvement works to power and tracks to support the faster, more frequent services between London, the Midlands, North-West and Scotland.

North West

  • St Helens – Carr Mill Viaduct - Replacement of the bridge deck on this 110 metre-long viaduct. The work also includes strengthening and painting the structure and laying new continuously welded track to provide smoother and more reliable journey for passengers.

East Midlands

  • South Erewash - Passengers will benefit from more reliable services as a result of ongoing re-signalling work at South Erewash.

Scotland

  • Dalmuir station - The project will see the replacement of the existing footbridge which connects platforms with three lifts, complete with a footbridge providing step free access to all platforms. The works form part of the multi-million pound Access for All programme.

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