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Rail chief hails Christmas work

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Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has hailed staff at the body after it completed its £150M Christmas works programme on time.

Carne said hard work over the 12 months since last year’s Christmas chaos on the railways had prevented a repeat performance this time round.

Late running engineering works caused train cancellations and delays to and from London hub stations Paddington and King’s Cross on 27 December 2014.

This holiday season 20,000 workers tackled more than 500 rail projects across the country while simultaneously dealing with widespread damage caused by the latest wave of winter storms

Carne said: “I am extremely proud of our team, who have worked so hard in the planning and execution of the Railway Upgrade Plan over the last year.

“This planning allowed them to deliver despite the atrocious weather conditions. It is a great example of what the Network Rail team can do.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin added: “I welcome the news that this has been completed on time. I would like to thank passengers for their patience, and pay tribute to the men and women who have been working in challenging weather conditions for much of the time.”

This year’s Christmas investment programme saw construction of station facilities, longer platforms, extra tracks and new junctions, along with installation of thousands of pieces of new equipment.

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