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Vast majority of passengers will be unaffected by Christmas improvement work


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Rail Delivery Group

Vast majority of passengers will be unaffected by Christmas improvement work
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date
27 November 2013
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



The vast majority of people expected to travel by train over the Christmas and New Year period should experience no disruption because of planned work to improve the railway.

Across the rail network as a whole, the Christmas period tends to be quieter than normal working weeks as far fewer commuter journeys are made.

The majority of rail routes will remain open and be unaffected by planned improvement work.

On routes that will be affected, the rail industry will run advertising campaigns to make passengers aware of any disruption to their services. This includes posters at stations, leaflets handed to passengers, announcements and Twitter alerts as well as information on the National Rail Enquiries website: www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Network Rail engineers will be working round the clock to upgrade signalling, lay new track, repair bridges and improve stations to help deliver a better railway for passengers.

Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, which speaks on behalf of the rail industry, said:

“We are living through one of the biggest investment programmes in the history of the railway. Passengers and businesses are benefiting from multi-million pound projects such as King’s Cross and Birmingham New Street as well as thousands of vital smaller schemes to improve tracks, signals and stations.

“Building a better network is something we do every day. But Christmas and other major holidays are when the railway is less busy than on a typical week day. So we use these periods to carry out particularly important improvements.

“A great deal of care goes into minimising the impact of this vital work and to keep people on trains wherever possible. By planning ahead, the vast majority of passengers travelling by rail over the festive period can expect to travel without disruption.”

ENDS


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