May Day bank holiday upgrade success

Siddick bridge in Cumbria was demolished during the 2021 May Day bank holiday.

As usual over a bank holiday weekend, Network Rail completed a number of projects while the railway was even quieter than usual.

In the North West and Central region, between Saturday 1 and Monday 3 May, teams carried out work that included:

  • 103 precast concrete beams lifted over the West Coast main line to build a new railway flyover deck for the East West Rail project at Bletchley;
  • Track upgrades to improve future journeys between Preston – Penrith, Euston – Milton Keynes and on the Cumbrian Coast line;
  • Major signalling improvements at Trafford in Manchester;
  • Demolition of Siddick bridge over the railway at the Port of Workington in Cumbria;
  • Ongoing work to upgrade Birmingham New Street station’s signalling system;
  • Preparing Euston station for Britain’s new high-speed railway, HS2.
Tim Shoveller, Network Rail.

Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West & Central region, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these essential upgrades to the West Coast main line and routes which feed into it over the early May bank holiday. With the majority of work done between 1-3 May, it now means less disruption for passengers over the remaining bank holidays in 2021.

“I’m immensely proud of the hundreds of Network Rail staff and our contractors who continue to make the West Coast main line more reliable for our passengers and pave the way for HS2, which will bring much-needed extra railway capacity as the country builds back better from the pandemic.”

Network Rail planners have rescheduled planned maintenance to try to minimise disruption over bank holidays this year. The bulk of this work is now complete, but there will be some further railway improvement projects later this month over the late May bank holiday (29-31 May).

Remodelling Bletchley flyover, May 2021.

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