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How Will Network Rail Boost Reliability For Yorkshire’s Rail Passengers?

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Key upgrades on the Yorkshire railway will be completed this weekend (4 June), Quadrant Transport looks at the upgrades and how it aims to boost reliability.

More than 420 metres of the track will be renewed in South Elmsall to increase reliability and over 340 metres will be replaced in Adwick. Work will take place to replace the rail, sleepers and ballast.

Once the upgrades are completed, the travelling public is said to benefit from a more modern and reliable railway with fewer instances of disruption, as well as smoother journeys.

Passengers Have Been Urged To Allow Extra Time For Travelling

To allow the work to take place safely, there will be changes to services on Sunday, 5 June. Passengers have been urged to plan ahead and to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operators.

Bus replacement services will be in place on this date between Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate, and diversion routes will also be in place.

Route Managing Director for Network Rail’s East Coast Route, Sarah Reid, said: “The work we’re doing this weekend will help provide smoother and more reliable journeys for passengers.

“The majority of the rail network is open for business over the Jubilee Weekend, but the work we’re doing in Adwick and South Elmsall will mean some changes to services, so we’re urging passengers to plan ahead via National Rail Enquiries.

We’re really sorry for any inconvenience which this caused, and we’d like to thank all those impacted for their patience.

Reliability Is Important When It Comes To Delivering To The Customer

The upgrades aim to boost reliability for Yorkshire, which is an industry-wide focus. Focus on reliability and punctuality is essential when it comes to delivering to the rail industry’s customers.

Compared to the previous year, it is outlined in Department for Transport’s Rail Factsheet 2021 that 2020-21 saw a 22% decrease in planned train services and a 9.0% percentage point improvement in punctuality.

Improvements must keep being seen to build on the travelling public’s confidence in the rail industry, improve their experience and encourage modal shift.

Ensuring that modal shift is a major focus of all rail developments moving forward is essential. By upgrading the railways of the UK,  services are made more reliable and a modal shift is being encouraged because people are more likely to take the train rather than travel by car. Therefore, this will have a positive impact on the environment and help the country reach our net zero targets.