Track upgrades in North Yorkshire over August Bank Holiday weekend

Network Rail is upgrading the track in Hensall over the August Bank Holiday weekend to bring smoother journeys for passengers travelling to North Yorkshire.

Work will begin on August 27, and continue throughout the Bank Holiday weekend until September 1. The line will be closed with buses replacing Northern trains between Goole and Knottingley for the duration of the closure.

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Network Rail will lift and replace almost 2km of track between Whitley Bridge and Snaith, near Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to improve reliability and reduce the amount of maintenance work needed in the future. The ballast – stones which support the track – and the sleepers will also be replaced.

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Network Rail has planned work over the Bank Holiday weekend to keep over 95% of Britain’s rail network open.

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, said: “Upgrading the track at Hensall will bring smoother, more reliable journeys for passengers and freight services using this line. We’ve planned the work carefully to minimise the impact on the local community.

“As we welcome passengers back to the railway, the vast majority of services are running as normal. We’re advising people to check their journey and allow plenty of time.”

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