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Network Rail defend closure of lines across the region for festive period

Network Rail have defended line closures across region Credit: PA

Network Rail has defended Christmas rail closures across the country, by justifying that this is the best time of year for engineering work to be completed.

The improvement projects which have seen Northern Rail suspend all services across the region for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, have allegedly cost Network Rail £103 million nationwide.

"We're making every effort that we can with our train operating colleagues to run the services in the best way that we can.

"The reality is this is the best time of the year for us to do this sort of huge engineering project because the numbers of people travelling by train is about half of what it is on a normal weekend or a normal day.

"This is the time of year when we can do this sort of work with the minimum effect on the travelling public."

– Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail