Network Rail has completed major renovation work over the Christmas and New Year period in an effort to enhance rail capacity and provide better services for the UK passengers.

As part of the renovation, with an investment of more than £100m, a new platform and track was built at Gatwick Airport station and new signalling equipment was installed.

About 1,300m of track was laid, while a 50m footbridge was upgraded and a new 250m platform featuring new lift, escalators and high-level walkway was completed. The new platform will be operational in February.

New signalling equipment was also installed at Peterborough as part of a wider project to relieve a major bottleneck on the East Coast Main Line, while electrification work at Manchester Victoria was completed to allow electric trains to run from Manchester to Liverpool starting December.

"Passengers and businesses are really seeing the benefits of sustained investment."

A new rail bridge was installed in Ipswich as part of a new railway connecting the East Suffolk Line and Great Eastern Main Line, while a new platform at Gravesend station is completed.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "Passengers and businesses are really seeing the benefits of sustained investment in the railway, with new and longer platforms, better stations and more capacity for extra passenger and freight services.

"The work carried out this Christmas and New Year period is part of our plan for a bigger, better railway and means the industry can cater for the continuing growth in demand for rail travel."

Network Rail engineers and suppliers carried out the renovation programme in association with train operators to minimise the impact on passengers.

Image: Renovation works at Manchester Victoria station. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.