Network Rail engineers will be working around the clock this August bank holiday weekend (29-31) to deliver more than £47m-worth of rail improvement projects.
Over the weekend, more than 4,750 Network Rail people will be at sites across Britain completing 220,000 hours of work. This bank holiday will also see 3,500 more trains running over the August bank holiday compared to last year as Network Rail continues to reduce disruption to journeys.
The improvements are part of the £35bn Network Rail will be investing in Britain’s railway over the next five years. The result will be more seats on more trains, improved punctuality and new journey opportunities for passengers and freight carriers on a network which is more reliable and more cost effective than ever before.
Iain Coucher, Network Rail’s chief executive, said: “We are continue to make sustained levels of investment in Britain’s rail network over the next five years as we seek to build a bigger and better railway for passengers and freight users.
“Our planned rail improvement programme is vital to the railway network’s ability to continue to provide a high-quality service to business and leisure travellers, and we must take advantage of quieter times like bank holidays to deliver these improvements for passengers.”
Network Rail understands this work can have an impact on people’s journeys and has been working closely with its rail industry partners to give passengers the information they need before they travel.
Although the vast majority of services will run as normal, Network Rail is advising travellers to plan their journey in advance and check before they travel at National Rail enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or at www.nationalrail.co.uk/Holidays.