On the right track to a better service for Chiltern commuters
Engineering crews work through Christmas Day and Boxing Day or railway line upgrade
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.