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Network Rail completes Easter upgrades on schedule

Network Rail has confirmed completion of £100M of upgrade work over the Easter period, including demolishing a bridge south of Watford Junction and installing a new one.

Work undertaken over the holiday period was completed on time and on budget, according to Network Rail. Engineers worked round the clock to complete the work, as part of a team of 14,000.

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: “The improvements made this weekend are a vital part of our £38bn investment programme which will deliver a better railway in the weeks, months and years ahead.”

It follows chaos caused by major works over-running over the Christmas period. Late engineering works caused train cancellations and delays to and from London hub stations Paddington and King’s Cross on Saturday 27 December. The service was branded “not acceptable” by the ORR.

The biggest projects completed over Easter included ongoing work at London Bridge, including work on track, signalling and platforms. This is part of the £6.5bn Thameslink programme. It was only 44 minutes late at Bermondsey and New Cross when testing took longer than expected. New freight lines were also built under the Reading viaduct, a new bridge was installed south of Watford as well as new track, signalling and junctions and new overhead lines were installed on parts of the main line between London Liverpool Street and Norwich.

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