Work on busy rail line finally completed

Hotel News - 15/12/2008

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The completion of work on the line connecting London and Glasgow means that passengers will find service improved and journey times reduced by up to 30 per cent.

Both the length of time taken to complete the work and the costs have been controversial over the years. Costs eventually reached £13 billion.

In January of this year, delayed engineering work meant several days of disruptions for passengers on the line.

The line’s modernisation has been one of the largest rail engineering projects taken on during the past decade. Upgrading was needed so that tilting trains, travelling at speeds of 125mph, could be accommodated, and new junctions were required that could handle the number of rail operators using the tracks.

One thousand additional trains can now operate on the route weekly, which means a 50 per cent increase in services to Birmingham and Manchester on weekdays and a doubling of the service at the weekends.

In January, the engineering work in Rugby ran over for several days, leading to disruptions in service and the Office of Rail Regulation fining Network a record amount of £14 million.

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