Network Rail reviews Watford Junction rail improvement project to help 'keep passenger disruption to a minimum'

Watford Observer: Rail improvement project is reviewed to help 'keep passenger disruption to a minimum' Rail improvement project is reviewed to help 'keep passenger disruption to a minimum'

Network Rail has said it is reviewing a planned closure at Watford Junction which would have closed the West Coast Main line for 16 days in August.

The £81 million scheme includes renewing signalling power supplies between Kings Langley and Bushey, along with 15km of track and crossings and upgrading over line equipment.

The project was due to start to start in May, followed by the main blockade in August and then some further works over Christmas as well as in February and April 2015.

Anne-Marie Batson at Network Rail said Network Rail has been "carefully reviewing" Watford Area Renewals Programme so that it "delivers maximum value while keeping passenger disruption to a minimum".

She said: "While it is likely that limited closures over weekends and bank holidays will be required to complete the project by Easter 2015, we are aiming to deliver the improvements without a full 16 day closure of the WCML in August this year as was initially proposed.

"We are currently finalising details of the programme with our industry partners and plan to confirm details before the end of the month."

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3:08pm Thu 16 Jan 14

JohnnyHornet says...

Don't worry too much about this, if HS2 goes ahead you'll have 10 years or more of major disruption in and out of Euston, you'll probably have to go by coach for most of the journey.
Don't worry too much about this, if HS2 goes ahead you'll have 10 years or more of major disruption in and out of Euston, you'll probably have to go by coach for most of the journey. JohnnyHornet
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3:40pm Thu 16 Jan 14

TRT says...

JohnnyHornet wrote:
Don't worry too much about this, if HS2 goes ahead you'll have 10 years or more of major disruption in and out of Euston, you'll probably have to go by coach for most of the journey.
They've scrapped the bulk of the Euston station rebuild already. Umpteen thousand pounds worth of architect fees etc etc down the pan. No wonder the costs spiral. Same with the Health Campus. Still, it keeps the money flowing round, doesn't it? I mean, they are UK companies and UK workers being employed to do all this speculative doodling, right?
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyHornet[/bold] wrote: Don't worry too much about this, if HS2 goes ahead you'll have 10 years or more of major disruption in and out of Euston, you'll probably have to go by coach for most of the journey.[/p][/quote]They've scrapped the bulk of the Euston station rebuild already. Umpteen thousand pounds worth of architect fees etc etc down the pan. No wonder the costs spiral. Same with the Health Campus. Still, it keeps the money flowing round, doesn't it? I mean, they are UK companies and UK workers being employed to do all this speculative doodling, right? TRT
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8:09pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Nascot says...

Anyone else annoyed about the trend to measure distances in kms?. In the UK we use Miles first, but by all means then convert to kms afterwards.

Come on UKIP.
Anyone else annoyed about the trend to measure distances in kms?. In the UK we use Miles first, but by all means then convert to kms afterwards. Come on UKIP. Nascot
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