Network Rail begins £100m modernisation of Calderdale rail line in UK
UK's Network Rail has begun the £100m revamping works for the track on the Calder Valley rail line, which runs through Calderdale between Leeds and Manchester, via Bradford Interchange.
The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by May, and is being carried out as part of the company’s railway upgrade plan in West Yorkshire, UK.
Refurbishment plans include engineering work on trains and track equipments, which aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of the railway.
The modernisation will also see the replacement of existing bus services in various rail stations.
Network Rail area director Neil Henry said: “The investment in the Calder Valley line is vital to keep the railway performing reliably as demand for rail services continues to grow.
“Although there is never a good time to disrupt passengers, fewer people use the railway at a weekend and I advise those who are looking to travel between March and May to plan ahead.”
The company’s ongoing upgrade is also expected to help British train operator Northern Rail to deploy its new trains.
Northern Rail regional director Paul Barnfield said: “Once complete, this work will complement other improvements taking place across the region, including the refurbishment of all Northern trains and the introduction of 281 new, purpose built carriages, and will help us provide a rail service fit for the 21st Century.”
Network Rail seeks to bring additional capacity and ease crowding on the railway lines by implementing the scheduled upgrades.
Investment under the plan includes two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years until 2019.
Image: Ongoing modernisation work at of Calderdale rail line in UK. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.