On the right track to a bet­ter ser­vice for Chiltern com­muters

Engi­neer­ing crews work through Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day or rail­way line up­grade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The work, which in­volved more than 200 en­gi­neers, took place over Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day near Ban­bury, Ox­ford­shire.

Track lay­out on the ap­proach to Ban­bury sta­tion was im­proved, to help pro­vide a more re­li­able pas­sen­gers.

Part of Net­work Rail’s Rail­way Up­grade Plan, the work also in­cludes new, mod­ern and more re­li­able sig­nalling in the area and a new de­pot to be used by Chiltern Rail­ways.

The £76m project will be com­pleted by Au­gust 2016 and will im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity of trains run­ning through the area.

Liam Sumpter, area di­rec­tor for Net­work Rail, said: “This work was care­fully planned and safely de­liv­ered to cause no dis­rup­tion to pas­sen­gers,


to tak­ing place on Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day when no trains would have run.

“Our Rail­way Up­grade Plan is con­sis­tently de­liv­er­ing im­prove­ments and this Christ­mas has been no dif­fer­ent with thou­sands of the or­ange army work­ing around the net­work to main­tain and up­grade the rail­way to meet the de­mands of the mil­lions of pas­sen­gers who travel by train ev­ery day.”

Look­ing ahead to 2016, a nine-day clo­sure of the rail­way in the Ban­bury area is planned to take place next sum­mer to al­low Net­work Rail to com­plete the work and bring the up­graded and im­proved rail­way into use.

Mr Sumpter added: “The nine-day clo­sure this sum­mer is es­sen­tial to bring all of the work to­gether and into use.

“We con­tinue to work closely with Chiltern Rail­ways to plan for the work and will be pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice in the com­ing months.”

Gra­ham Cross, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor at Chiltern Rail­ways, ex­plained: “This in­vest­ment is es­sen­tial in en­sur­ing that we can con­tinue to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ser­vice for our cus­tomers with im­proved in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

“We will be pro­vid­ing dates about the clo­sure to our cus­tomers in the new year and we’d like to thank Net­work Rail en­gi­neers for all their hard work over this fes­tive pe­riod.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the work con­tact Net­work Rail’s na­tional helpline on 03457 114 141. For the lat­est Chiltern Rail­ways in­for­ma­tion visit www.chiltern­rail­ways.co. uk.

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