The number of replacement buses in use this Easter during engineering works is expected to drop by a third.
Although rail engineers will be working round the clock to lay new track, improve stations and repair bridges train disruption will be kept to a minimum.
In some instances improvement work has been brought forward, as Network Rail has pledged that there will be no disruptive work on mainline routes over a three month period this summer covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Says Robin Gisby, Network Rail’s managing director, network operations, ‘Passengers will see fewer buses and a better service this Easter as our vital improvement work uses new techniques and equipment that reduces the impact on train services.
‘This will be the model for the years ahead as we invest heavily to build a bigger, better railway and support Britain’s economic growth.’