Network Rail will be delivering more than 400 Easter projects as part of a £118m rail investment across Britain
A workforce of 15,000 Network Rail employee’s will work over Easter bank holiday weekend to deliver more reliable infrastructure, improve facilities and better services for passengers.
The major investment projects this Easter include:
- Crossrail: Significant work on the Great Eastern main line out of London Liverpool Street in preparation for the start of Elizabeth line services in 2018, which will increase London’s rail transport capacity by 10 percent and cut journey times.
- Scotland: Work continues to electrify the main railway between Edinburgh and Glasgow, when complete there will be in new trains, shorter journey times by up to 20%, and the ability to run more frequent services.
- West of England: Passengers will benefit from almost twice as many trains between Bristol and London Paddington from 2019 as Network Rail delivers the biggest ever signalling upgrade in and around Temple Meads.
Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail, said: “This Easter, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of the £50bn Railway Upgrade Plan. This huge investment programme will provide faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.
“While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this Easter.”