Ahead of the August bank holiday weekend Network Rail is urging passengers to plan their journeys in advance as it delivers more than 400 projects as part of a £84m investment across Britain over the bank holiday weekend.
A 9,600-strong workforce will work around the clock this August bank holiday weekend to deliver more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and better services for passengers.
The programme of work is just part of Network Rail’s five-year railway upgrade plan – a multi-billion-pound investment in the rail network which will improve passenger journeys in the months and years ahead.
The major investment projects this August include:
Some routes will see significant changes to normal services and so passengers need to plan ahead this August bank holiday weekend.
Andy Thomas, managing director of England and Wales at Network Rail said: “This August bank holiday weekend, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of the £50bn railway upgrade plan. This huge investment programme will lead to faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.
“While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead.”
Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the railway, said: “Network rail and train companies are working together to change and improve as part of our long-term plan to deliver more services, quicker journeys and better value-for-money for customers. This bank holiday as we work to improve the network’s reliability, we are asking customers to check before you travel by visiting www.nationalrail.co.uk/august where you can search your journey to see if it’s affected.”