Network Rail today announced the successful completion of more than £40 million of improvement work over the Easter break, delivering a bigger and better railway for passengers.
This included finishing a key stage of a project in Winchester that will take 50,000 lorries off Britain’s roads every year, several more milestones on the £5.5 billion Thameslink Programme and improvements as part of the Olympic Transport Plan.
Simon Kirby, director of infrastructure projects said: “Once again, our engineers have worked tremendously hard over the Easter weekend to deliver improvements on time, bringing better journeys for passengers. The latest technology and new ways of working are increasingly enabling us to get more done, more efficiently. This is good news for passengers as it means we can keep the railway open for longer.”
Highlights of work completed over Easter
St Cross Tunnel
This tunnel in the Winchester area is being widened to enable bigger freight trains to travel through it. This is part of a £71m project that will remove up to 50,000 lorries a year from the region’s roads by providing a cheaper, quicker and more practical way to transport goods around the country.
Luton, Swanley and Farringdon
Work has finished across London and the South East on Network Rail’s largest project; the £5.5bn Thameslink Programme. As well as widening a rail bridge at Luton Station and work to reduce delays in the Swanley Junction area, important signalling equipment was moved from Farringdon station in preparation for a major redevelopment that will allow passengers to interchange between Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground.
The final stage of a massive £145m project to improve the track and signalling on the Bournemouth Main Lines was completed. The work, which took place north of Basingstoke station towards Woking, will improve the reliability of journeys for passengers.
More space on trains at Kings Cross station is now a step closer after work over Easter to install and test the overhead power lines required for a new platform.
Liverpool St to Stratford
Network Rail is investing heavily to improve the track and overhead power lines on the route into Liverpool Street station. Engineers are working to improve reliability and reduce delays by splitting out passenger and freight trains. Longer platforms at Stratford will be able to accommodate 12 car trains which will mean more space for passengers.