Monthly Archives: December 2021

Azuma arrives in Middlesbrough as LNER launches direct services to London

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is celebrating the launch of direct Azuma services between Middlesbrough and London King’s Cross with Teesside becoming the latest destination to benefit from the arrival of LNER’s world-class trains. The daily weekday service in each direction will be the first direct link between Middlesbrough and the capital in more than […]

Engineering work at Salisbury announced for Saturday morning – 18 December

Network Rail engineers will be working on tracks near Salisbury station on 18 December, meaning buses will replace South Western Railway and Great Western Railway trains between Salisbury and Andover/Romsey/Southampton until early afternoon. The work will complete repairs to the track at the junction outside Fisherton Tunnel in the city, damaged in an incident in […]

Railway restoration for historic Settle to Carlisle signal box

A Grade II listed signal box on one of the country’s most picturesque rail routes has been refurbished to improve future journeys for passengers and freight. The signal box in Garsdale on the Settle and Carlisle railway line has been upgraded as part of a £500,000 Great North Rail Project investment. The 111-year-old signal box’s […]

Dumbarton Road, Old Kilpatrick reopened following £3.5m bridge replacement works

A new permanent bridge over the railway on Dumbarton Road in Old Kilpatrick, has now re-opened. Network Rail completed its £3.5m project on Tuesday 7 December, following the demolition and replacement of the old bridge. It follows the deterioration of the old structure, which left it unsuitable for the weight and volume of traffic which […]

Werrington Tunnel opens unlocking faster journeys on the East Coast Main Line

New rail freight tunnel brings significant improvements to passenger journeys as part of the East Coast upgrade. ground-breaking new tunnel dives under East Coast Main Line unlocking faster, more frequent and reliable journeys UK engineering first as 11,000-tonne curved concrete tunnel installed in one go opening is a major leap forward for the £1.2 billion […]

New signalling control system for Christmas to boost reliability across North East

Passengers in the North East will soon benefit from a more modern, reliable railway as Network Rail teams are upgrading the signalling control system over Christmas. Between the early hours of Saturday 25 December and before the first train on Monday 27 December, engineers will be updating the signalling system in a Tyneside control centre […]

Manchester Piccadilly station sees busiest day since March 2020

The return of the Christmas markets has seen daily passenger numbers at Manchester Piccadilly station return to levels not seen since before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Saturday 20 November 128,591 people passed through the North West’s biggest railway station. It’s the first time daily passenger numbers have topped 128,000 since March 6 […]

New and improved Maidstone East station opens – providing welcoming gateway to town centre

A bigger, more spacious entrance and concourse with a brand-new waiting room, café and ticket office are just some of the benefits passengers will enjoy as part of a £5.2m upgrade to Maidstone East station. The station was officially opened yesterday (Thursday 2 December) by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Fay Gooch, who was joined […]

Birmingham New Street’s Christmas Eve meal returns as take-away for 2021

Birmingham New Street station’s highly successful Christmas Eve meal for the city’s homeless is returning once again as a take-out service. For the fourth year running Network Rail is teaming up with award-winning Sikh charity Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS) to provide hot food and festive cheer for those who are struggling in the city […]

Festive track upgrades at Leeds station to boost reliability – passengers reminded to plan ahead

Engineers will remodel the track layout between platforms 4 and 6 over Christmas as part of a project to boost reliability and reduce the impact of future unplanned disruption Major work will take place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day when there are no timetabled train services Changes to services from Monday 27 December to […]