Railway track south of Grantham has been replaced at a cost of £2.1 million
Improvements have been made to the East Coast Main Line south of Grantham over the Christmas period at a cost of £2.1 million.
The work by Network Rail took place to renew parts of the track. Using a specialist train called the TRS (Track Renewal System) 2.4 miles of track was replaced, which Network Rail says will provide a smoother and more reliable service for passengers for years to come.
The work began after the last service on Christmas Eve and was completed before the first service on Friday. As no services run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, it meant that this length of track could be replaced over 53 hours, instead of the nine overnight weekend shifts it would have taken. Collectively, Network Rail and its supply partners spent over 5,500 hours on the project.
To complete the work, Network Rail staff used the specialist engineering train, which is a third of a mile long and typically relays half a mile of track per shift. It works around the country all year round, mostly overnight so that passenger services aren’t disrupted. It removes the old rail and sleepers and replaces them immediately.
The East Coast Main Line is undergoing a £1.2billion upgrade. The busy line carries over 20 million passengers a year. The upgrade will allow more trains to run and deliver quicker, more reliable journeys.
Ben Brooks, high output alliance director for Network Rail, said: “Completing this work over the Christmas break and causing no impact to services means passengers benefit from a smoother and more reliable railway more quickly.
“This has been a significant investment into the railway in Grantham which will help to improve services and keep trains running reliably for years to come.”
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