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Network Rail Continues its Programme of Maintenance, Repair and Development at this Difficult Time

April 9, 2020 10:53 PM
Track Replacement Network Rail (Network Rail)Working with social distancing requirements and with some operatives ill or self-isolating will obviously reduce efficiency and slow work down, but with timetable reductions and fewer trains running important work can still proceed - and of course fewer passengers are suffering disrupted journeys.

Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers are continuing to carry out vital maintenance on the railway between London Euston and Marylebone on the Chilterns Line and on the West Coast Main Line up to the West Midlands and to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.

This work will help protect and develop passenger routes once timetables are restored after the epidemic. It is also vitally important for maintaining freight traffic which not only continues but is running extra trains with the passenger survices curtailed.

Of the full programme of work right across the UK, two particular projects will benefit us here in West Hertfordshire:

  • Signalling transfer work from Birmingham Power Signal Box to the West Midlands Signalling Control Centre.
  • Rails outside of London Euston being replaced.

Network Rail is taking the safety of its workers during this epidemic very seriously. Workplaces are regularly deep cleaned and, working collaboratively with trade unions, social distancing in line with government health guidelines is being practised throughout..

Managing Director for Network Rail's North West and Central region, Tim Shoveller, said: "During this difficult time for Britain, our focus is on keeping the railway open for critical supplies - including food, fuel and medicine - and key workers, including NHS medics and emergency services. The weekend before last we carried out crucial maintenance and refurb work from London Euston to Gretna. I am very proud of how our frontline colleagues are safely rising to this challenge."

Based on an article in Rail Technology Magazine 01/04/20 with a picture from Network Rail