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Network Rail completes £160 million of festive rail improvements

Network Rail completes £160 million of festive rail improvements

More than 260 rail projects were completed across Britain during the festive period, valued at more than £160 million.

Designed to bring more comfort and reliability to the network while also reducing journey times, it means around 4.5 million passengers should benefit on a daily basis.

London Bridge station is now also fully open – for the first time since 2012 – as the final parts of its £1 billion transformation were completed during the Christmas period.

Signal improvement works between Birmingham and Wolverhampton should increase reliability across the West Midlands and was part of a programme worth more than £600 million for the region.

Liverpool Lime Street can now use longer trains following platform upgrade works as part of the Great North Rail Project, while track replacement work also took place between Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket.

A section of the Great Western Mainline in Berkshire and Oxfordshire is now electrified, with the work being completed ahead of schedule.

It means nearly 5,000 extra seats are available in and out of London Paddington during peak time in the morning, a 10% jump on the figures from January 2017.

Meanwhile the Crossrail project is now more than 85% complete and the Elizabeth Line remains set to open this December.

The ten day investment programme was delivered with the help of 32,000 rail workers and Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne has thanked passengers for their understanding and patience during the works.

“Mega-projects like this at London Bridge, as well as hundreds of smaller projects across the country will bring real benefits to millions of passengers,” he said. 

“We have been working tirelessly across the Christmas break to deliver these improvements and I am pleased that passengers will begin to see the benefits they will bring.”

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