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Lord Macdonald welcomes Railtrack weekend blitz on track repairs


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Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Lord Macdonald welcomes Railtrack weekend blitz on track repairs
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date
27 October 2000
source Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
type Press release

note News Release 673


Minister for Transport Lord Macdonald today welcomed Railtrack's announcement of its plans for a blitz on track repairs over this weekend.

He said that, following yesterday's meeting between regulators, heads of the rail industry and the Deputy Prime Minister, it was clear that urgent action was now being taken in the priority areas of the network.

Lord Macdonald said:

"I understand Railtrack will have 20,000 staff out on the track this weekend. This massive programme of work is essential to take forward the National Track Recovery Programme announced by the DPM yesterday.

" Checking and fixing problems on this huge scale will inevitably mean that trains will be delayed over the next two days. But the sooner these essential safety checks are completed the safer people will feel and the sooner timetables will get back to normal."


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