UK: Network Rail Completes Replacement of North Wembley Junction
London Euston station and the West Coast Main Line have reopened after the replacement of the North Wembley junction by engineers from Network Rail.
The junction was replaced as part of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The £7.2 million project included the complete replacement of four railway lines and points–operating equipment.
North Wembley junction is the busiest mixed-use section of railway track in Europe. The replacement was planned for three years and required the largest Kirow crane in the UK, fifteen engineering trains and several tamping trains to complete the project.
Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said:
“I would like to thank passengers for their understanding while we carry out this vital work. There was never an ideal time to shut the railway, but the three summer weekends were the least disruptive times to do it as there were typically fewer passengers travelling. We worked together for the past three years with train operators to carefully plan this closure of the railway in a way that minimised the impact on customers. It was vital the track at North Wembley was replaced to continue to safely meet the huge demand of passenger and freight rail services on the West Coast main line.”
Peter Broadley, Executive Director for Customer, Operations and Safety Virgin Trains, said:
“It’s going to be great to have Euston back up and running this weekend. We will be running our normal service and the good news is our customers can still take advantage of the relaxation of the lifting of the Friday PM peak restrictions out of London if they want to get away earlier.”
Network Rail engineers have also repaired a footbridge at Nottingham station that was damaged by a fire in January 2018, and refurbished a railway bridge in Lewisham.