Easter upgrades between London and Scotland completed on time
Posted: 19 April 2017 | | 1 comment
The railway between London and Scotland has reopened after a number of upgrade projects by over Easter were completed on time.
The railway between London and Scotland via the West Midlands and north west has reopened after a number of upgrade projects by Network Rail over Easter were successfully completed on time.
This is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and the work over the Easter weekend included:
- Further progress to the Ordsall Chord development in Manchester
- Track renewal on the West Coast main line, through Northchurch Tunnel near Berkhamsted
- Progress to replace a railway bridge in Albrighton (still closed as part of an extended planned closure)
- Embankment improvements in Watford
- Removing an old ‘cattle creep’ (which historically allowed cows to walk under the railway) between Buxton and Stockport
- Track renewal on the West Coast main line between Preston and Carlisle.
“This work was part of our ongoing Railway Upgrade Plan which will provide customers with a better railway,” said Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director at Network Rail. “There is never a good time to carry out work that affects services but we worked closely with the train operators for it to cause the least amount of disruption. I would like to thank passengers for their understanding while we completed these vital upgrades.”
The Railway Upgrade Plan aims to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain’s railways continue to experience.
Yes, it is pleasing that the upgrades were completed on time. However, why were the Anglo Scottish trains not diverted via Settle? Passengers were forced onto buses at Preston station. No buffet, no 1st class, no food or drink allowed on-board. Limited luggage, no prams………And a longer journey time.
Next time I will take the train to Leeds, and then the Settle-Carlisle line to reach Carlisle.