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Passengers reminded to plan ahead this Easter as Network Rail undertakes £118m upgrade to Britain’s rail network

  • Railway open for ‘business as usual’ as majority of the network is unaffected by upgrade work
  • In Bristol, Network Rail is undertaking the biggest ever re-signalling project
  • This work will provide faster and more frequent services to help relieve over-crowding on Britain’s railways

With the Easter holidays fast-approaching, Network Rail is reminding passengers to plan their journeys in advance of another busy bank holiday weekend. Network Rail will be delivering more than 400 projects over Easter as part of a £118m investment across Britain.

A 15,000 strong workforce will work around the clock this Easter bank holiday weekend to deliver more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and better services for passengers.

The programme of work this Easter 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 Easter include:

  • Crossrail: Significant work on the Great Eastern main line out of London Liverpool Street in preparation for the start of Elizabeth line services in 2018, which will increase London’s rail transport capacity by 10 percent and cut journey times
  • West of England: Passengers will benefit from almost twice as many trains between Bristol and London Paddington from 2019 as Network Rail delivers the biggest ever signalling upgrade in and around Temple Meads

Some routes will see significant changes to normal services and so passengers need to plan ahead this Easter.

Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail, said: “This Easter, 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 provide 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 this Easter.”

A breakdown of how some journeys will be affected can be found by visiting nationalrail.co.uk/Easter and following #EasterBHWorks on Twitter.

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