In full: Community Rail’s £127M of engineering works being carried out over festive interval


Over the festive interval, Community Rail shall be investing £127M in a variety of tasks to improve the rail community round England and Scotland.

Though, greater than 96% of the rail community shall be open for “enterprise as regular” over the Christmas and New Yr interval, there are a selection of tasks going down that may have an effect on folks’s journeys.

Whereas important funding is being made in tasks throughout the nation, the £127M programme is a ‘lighter’ bundle of labor than latest years.

Most journeys shall be unaffected by engineering work however some traces are impacted, so passengers ought to plan forward and verify their journey particulars.

Community Rail community technique director Lawrence Bowman stated: “We perceive how vital this time of yr is for our passengers for reconnecting with household and mates.

“With greater than 96% of the community open for enterprise as regular, we have now tried so far as doable to design our funding tasks round our passengers and maintain disruption to a minimal.

“We’re finishing up some important tasks, not as many as previous years, however nonetheless some £127M of funding starting from laying new observe, putting in new bridges and bettering stations in order that passengers can profit from higher and extra dependable providers and amenities.

“We plan our Christmas engineering programmes months- and in some circumstances years- upfront and goal the quietest instances – in a single day, weekends and Christmas Day and Boxing Day to make sure we maintain what disruption there’s to an absolute minimal and can all the time seems to be to make use of diversions fairly than put folks on buses.

“However some routes will see disruption as we improve the railway, so it’s vital that passengers verify their journeys earlier than travelling.”

An inventory of the works to be undertaken might be discovered under.


Work outdoors London Victoria station together with upkeep and resignalling work to enhance reliability with Southeastern providers diverted to Blackfriars, Charing Cross and Cannon Avenue will happen from 23 December to 1 January. Over the 10-day interval, engineers will work across the clock to ship observe upgrades, signalling enhancements in addition to perform additional work to put in additional gatelines at London Victoria station which can present passengers with much less congested and smoother journeys via the station.

The observe upgrades contain the rebuild of a serious junction between Clapham and Wandsworth that controls the motion of Southeastern and London Overground providers within the space. Engineers shall be changing 14 units of switches and crossings with new, extra dependable tools, in addition to laying greater than 1,600m of recent observe, 1,000m of conductor rail, utilizing 10,000t of ballast and putting in 2,600 new sleepers.

Work to improve the Eighties signalling system between Herne Hill and Nunhead into London Victoria station will even proceed, prepared to come back into use round late December 2024.

HS2 work at Outdated Oak Widespread and laying new observe at West Drayton will even be going down will see no providers from London Paddington between Sunday 24 and Wednesday 27 December.

Work to deliver the East Coast Fundamental Line a step nearer to state-of-the-art digital signalling will even happen between Welwyn Backyard Metropolis and Hitchin, leading to no long-distance providers to or from London King’s Cross on Sunday 24 December.

In South London, from Saturday 23 December to Monday 1 January – in addition to the weekends of 6-7 and 13-14 January 2024, the road between Herne Hill, Brixton and London Victoria shall be closed to permit Community Rail engineers to ship a serious bundle of funding to the railway.

Substitute of observe factors and related changes to the overhead line tools shall be performed at Barking to enhance reliability. Whereas the set up of 1,000m of recent overhead wire at Stratford, finishing all overhead wire renewals on this location and renewal of observe factors at Stratford to enhance reliability will even be finished.


Outdoors of the capital, work close to Southampton will see some disruption to providers, as will work to construct the brand new Cambridge South station.

At Cambridge South, a brand new observe realignment will permit the development of the station platforms to be delivered into the brand new yr. There will even be work to the overhead line and signalling tools and the brand new station constructing will proceed to be constructed.

The Cambridge resignalling crew shall be putting in sign gantries and related signalling tools between Cambridge and Ely.

At Beaulieu Park station, new observe shall be introduced into use to permit trains to divert across the space of development for the platforms whereas the brand new station constructing continues to be constructed. Work to the overhead traces and new signalling tools will even proceed.

The Kingsbury Street bridge on the North London line shall be demolished because it has come to the tip of its helpful life. Substitute of the bridge shall be accomplished later in 2024.

Renewal of roughly 200m of rail baseplates within the tunnel at Ipswich will even be performed.

Community Rail will even be working across the clock this festive interval to hold out key upgrades to the railway in Hadley Wooden. The mission, which is an funding of £1.6M, will see enhancements to overhead line tools, which is used to energy trains on the route. Groups shall be working to interchange 9 overhead line stanchions over a distance of 600m.

On Christmas Eve, work will proceed to give attention to the stretch between Welwyn Backyard Metropolis and Hitchin and can see additional set up and testing of key tools in preparation for trains to function utilizing digital signalling on this space from 2025.

Community Rail will even be investing an extra £250,000 into boosting railway reliability in Hertfordshire this Christmas.

Between Christmas Eve and Wednesday 27 December, Community Rail groups shall be working to resume overhead line tools between Bayford and Watton-at-Stone.


Community Rail will full vital observe, drainage and signalling work over the festive interval in what’s a £15M funding to maintain the railway dependable for passengers and freight in Scotland

A key junction close to Falkirk on the primary Edinburgh-Glasgow line and Highland mainline will see engineers change observe, renew and refurbish factors and improve signalling techniques over 9 days from late Christmas Eve till the early hours of two January.

Within the Edinburgh, engineers will change practically 2km of observe on the East Coast Fundamental Line close to Craigentinny on Christmas Day and Boxing Day when no trains are operating. Engineers will even undertake drainage work at Haymarket North tunnel on New Yr’s Day.

Additional improve work for the billion-pound East Coast Digital Programme will even happen on Christmas Eve. The mission will see conventional lineside alerts changed with signalling displayed inside drivers’ cabs.

Signalling upgrades will happen at Craigendoran close to Helensburgh over the brand new yr which can see providers to Helensburgh Central begin/cease at Dumbarton Central on 2 January.

Engineers will even be renewing a key set of factors at Dundee Central Junction and renewing observe over the Christmas and New Yr interval. Nearly all of these works are being accomplished when no trains are on account of run.

Midlands and North

Important upgrades will happen on the West Coast Fundamental Line (WCML) and routes within the West Midlands, North West and Cumbria, having been rigorously deliberate to affect the fewest variety of passengers, in accordance with Community Rail.

It will likely be investing £15M this festive season on this programme.

Works embody bettering and sustaining observe, overhead electrical wires and signalling tools on the southern strategy to Birmingham New Avenue station.

Platform 3 at Lichfield Trent Valley station shall be upgraded, following work accomplished in the summertime to take away the previous platform. A substitute deck shall be put in and reopened on the Cross Metropolis line within the new yr.

Engineers will proceed with work to attach the Strategic Rail Freight Terminal at Northampton to the WCML for freight trains to begin utilizing the terminal in 2024.

Work will happen to enhance and preserve observe, overhead electrical wires, signalling tools and bridges from Euston to Crewe.

Work will begin on main glazing repairs at Stoke-on-Trent station which shall be ongoing all through 2024.

Important repairs to steelwork and drainage close to Manchester Piccadilly station will even be performed in addition to upkeep work alongside the observe at Oxenholme within the Lake District.

Whereas enhancements happen on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, HS2 will even proceed with development work for the Curdworth Field which can take new excessive velocity trains over present rail traces as they journey from London and Birmingham earlier than becoming a member of the West Coast foremost line in Staffordshire.

Passengers are being warned of additional work on New Yr’s Day close to Birmingham New Avenue station which can imply fewer trains operating between Birmingham and London Euston.


Between Christmas Eve and Wednesday, 27 December, a whole bunch of Community Rail staff shall be engaged on a variety of tasks in and round York and Selby.

At York station, engineers will work to resume observe, together with switches and crossings. Work to put in overhead line tools will even happen.

Additional north, Community Rail groups will work to resume observe and ballast between Skelton and Beningbrough.

Work will even happen as a part of the Transpennine Route Improve. Observe shall be renewed in Holgate and York. In Colton, which is on the route between York and Leeds, engineers will work to put in overhead line tools and improve signalling.

In Barkston Ash, Selby, the railway bridge over the A162 London Street can be being changed, enabling extra frequent and sooner electrical trains on the road sooner or later.

Over the festive interval, groups from Community Rail will even be working to improve the observe via Doncaster railway station. It will embody renewing six units of switches and crossings. Groups will even work to improve signalling tools within the Doncaster space.

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