Workforce of 14,000 to carry out improvement programme
Network Rail has announced that 14,000 staff will be working on the railway over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
The work is part of the company’s £38 billion investment programme for Control Period 5 (2014-19).
Work taking place over the weekend will include continuing improvements to track, signalling and platforms at London Bridge. At Reading, freight lines will be constructed under the new viaduct to segregate passenger and freight services and bring a new signalling system into use. On the West Coast main line, work at Watford will see a bridge south of the station replaced, enabling line speeds to be increased, as well as replacements of track, signalling and junctions. On the Great Eastern main line, new overhead lines will be installed at a number of locations within the London area.
Network Rail says that passenger numbers over the four-day period typically drop by 20% to 40%, which chief executive Mark Carne says will ‘minimise the overall impact’ of the works.
Mr Carne added: ‘We have thoroughly reviewed our Easter improvement work and worked closely with the train operating companies. The industry has good contingency plans in place that will put passengers first.’