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Major bank holiday works planned


Network Rail to deploy 14,000 workers over three-day period

Network Rail is preparing to carry out a substantial programme of works on the rail network over the forthcoming May Day bank holiday weekend.

The company has confirmed that it will once again deploy over 14,000 workers across the country to carry out a range of improvements. It said the work has been timed to minimise disruption to passengers, as over a bank holiday weekend passenger numbers can drop by 20 to 30%.

Some of the key improvements revolve around the Crossrail project, including the installation of new track and junctions at Slough, and the building of a new bridge at Pudding Mill Lane, near Stratford in East London. Also on the Great Eastern route, new overhead lines and track will be installed near Chadwell Heath.

Other work in the London area includes replacement of a junction outside Waterloo station and track and signalling improvement works in the London Bridge area as part of the Thameslink programme.

On the West Coast main line, new signalling equipment will be installed between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and new track and overhead lines will be installed as part of the Staffordshire Area Improvements Programme.

North of the border, work in the Glasgow area will include the demolition of a road bridge near Newton, installation of a new footbridge near Motherwell and new track and replacement of junctions near Carstairs.

Mark Carne, chief executive, said: ‘Our improvement programme this bank holiday, delivered by a 14,000-strong army of rail workers, is focused on delivering a better service for passengers. We are acutely conscious that many people want to use the railway over the bank holiday to reunite with their friends and families, which is why the vast majority of the network is running normally over the long weekend. We’d like to apologise to any passengers whose plans are affected by our improvement work, but I hope they will understand that this is a quieter time on the railway and we want to minimise the overall impact of these vital projects on passengers.’

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