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Network Rail delivers £118m Easter works package

From Glasgow to Gidea Park, members of Team Orange’s 15,000-strong workforce put their chocolate-eating plans on hold to complete projects across Britain’s railways this Easter.

At Bristol Temple Meads, Network Rail conducted its largest-ever resignalling project, renewing lineside and station equipment and transferring signalling control to the Thames Valley Signalling Centre at Didcot Parkway, Oxfordshire.

A 138-year-old bridge was replaced by a new 75-tonne structure between Clapham Junction and Putney in Wandsworth, allowing a line speed restriction to be lifted.

This £5.5 million project was one of more than 400 schemes worth £118 million that were completed as part of Network Rail’s upgrade plan over the bank holiday weekend.

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Elsewhere, nine switches and crossings units and four fixed pieces of track were installed at Gidea Park, east London, in what was one of the largest engineering projects in the country.

Manchester Victoria was closed to allow old track to be replaced and to lower track under Cheetham Hill Road bridge as part of Manchester-Stalybridge line upgrades and London Euston was also closed for essential renewal work.

Meanwhile, work continued on electrification between Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Orange Army continued work on the track, overhead line equipment and traction power at Crossrail’s portal site at Westbourne.

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