Network Rail has announced that the national rail network has reopened after workers worked round-the-clock over the August bank holiday weekend to make sure essential upgrades were delivered to provide passengers with a more reliable railway.
London Euston station has reopened today, Tuesday 28 August 2018, after the second stage of work to replace North Wembley junction was completed.
The West Coast main line is fully open today as planned. However, to complete this work, the line and London Euston will be closed this weekend for the final time.
The railway between Birmingham International and Rugby also fully reopened this morning on time and as planned.
Work continued over the weekend to complete the upgrade of the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton.
What did the officials say?
Martin Frobisher, route managing director at Network Rail, said:
“This work is part of our ongoing Railway Upgrade Plan which will provide customers with a better railway. There is never a good time to carry out work that affects services, but we worked closely with the train operators for it to cause the least amount of disruption. I would like to thank passengers for their understanding while we complete these vital upgrades.”
Andrew Conroy, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway said:
“We put a lot of work into making sure that people who had to travel this weekend could keep moving. While we would all have preferred to be running a full train service , our customers responded well and we should also thank those who heeded the message to travel on alternative days.”
Peter Broadley, executive director for customer, operations, and safety at Virgin Trains on the west coast, said:
“We’d like to thank customers for bearing with us during the significant disruption caused by these renewals works.”