Reliability upgrade set for track between Scarborough and Hull

Network Rail are upgrading three miles of railway tracks between Scarborough and Hull as part of a £3.2m investment to improve reliability.

Track Renewal

Credit: Network Rail

Almost three miles of railway tracks are set to be upgraded in a £3.2 million investment to bring smoother, on-time journeys for passengers travelling through Scarborough. Over a four-day period, Network Rail engineers will remove the rails and wooden sleepers between Willerby Carr and Seamer, which have not had any major work for around 50 years and replace them with resilient steel sleepers and new rails. Improving the track means that passengers can enjoy smoother, more reliable journeys, and it will also reduce the need for further maintenance work in the future.

While this work is being done, Network Rail teams will take the opportunity to renew vital signalling equipment – the traffic lights of the railway – around Seamer. By packing in as much work as possible over the four-day period, Network Rail can make the best use of time and minimise disruption for passengers.

Boosting reliability on the tracks

“This is an essential upgrade to breathe new life into these decades-old tracks and deliver better, more reliable journeys for those travelling through,” Jason Hamilton, Works Delivery Programme Director for Network Rail, said. “We are combining projects and working over four days, rather than across multiple weekends, to minimise disruption for passengers. There will be changes to services during this time so please check before you travel.”

“The modernisation of these tracks will make a big difference to our customers and provide more reliable journeys and ensure the long-term resilience of the route,” Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said. “I’d like to thank our customers in advance for their patience during the work and urge them to check before they travel to understand the options for their journey.”

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