Countdown to Christmas: two weeks to go until Network Rail’s major upgrade...

Countdown to Christmas: two weeks to go until Network Rail’s major upgrade work begins

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People travelling between London, the West Midlands, the North West and Cumbria are being advised to plan ahead with Network Rail’s busy period of Christmas engineering work just a fortnight away.

As part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan, a 25,000-strong workforce will be working across Britain to carry out more than £148m of vital work between Christmas Eve and 3 January.

Overall there will be less disruption for rail users on the London North Western route this year compared to last. Most of the investment work between Euston and Carlisle has been scheduled for when no trains will run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

However, passengers should check www.nationalrail.co.uk to plan their journey and for the latest information before travelling this Christmas.

Martin Frobisher, London North Western route managing director, said: “The railway is traditionally much quieter than usual during the festive period so taking on and delivering these bigger pieces of work at this time, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, means we will cause the least inconvenience to the fewest number of people.

“While the majority of the network is open as usual, some routes will be affected so I would urge passengers to plan their journeys and check before they travel for the latest information.”

The upgrade work on the London North Western route and Great North Rail Project is part of Network Rail’s £50 billion five-year Railway Upgrade Plan, which is the biggest investment in the railway since Victorian times.

In some parts of the country, work will begin on Sunday 23 December this year to give engineers three clear days to make uninterrupted progress on vital projects.

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