Reminder: May Day rail investment programme promises less disruption for passengers

With over 96 per cent of the railway network unaffected by Network Rail planned improvement work, this coming bank holiday will be one of the least disruptive bank holidays for railway travel for many years.

Over 11,000 members of Network Rail’s orange army will be working over the long weekend (30 April-2 May) to deliver vital elements of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan, which will provide a bigger, better, and more reliable railway for passengers and businesses across Britain.

A total of £33m will be invested over the May Day weekend, with the work planned to minimise disruption to passengers – when passenger numbers are typically fewer than half.  Compared with the recent Easter programme, there will be significantly less disruption on major routes with the overwhelming majority of journeys unaffected.

Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said:

“It’s good news for passengers that most people wanting to travel by train this bank holiday will be able to. We’re continuing with our huge investment programme and we have a lot of work to do this weekend, but we’ve planned it as far as possible to minimise disruption.”

“Over 11,000 members of the railway’s orange army will be out working this bank holiday to build a bigger, better railway as part of our £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan all aimed at providing better, more reliable journeys for passengers and businesses across Britain.”

Paul Clark, operations delivery manager and a member of Network Rail’s orange army said:

“With passengers numbers continuing to grow and the demands being placed on our railway getting ever greater, it’s vital that we get big chunks of time to get onto our railway to carry our heavy maintenance work and complete big investment schemes. This will keep the network ticking over and make it safer and more reliable for the millions who rely on it every day.”

Mr Carne concluded:

“Passengers have shown themselves to be incredibly understanding while we invest heavily to improve our railway and I’d like to thank them in advance for their support and understanding.”