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Turkey dinners for rail engineers working away over Christmas

Rail passengers are continuing to face major disruption with Paddington Station closed until Friday and changes to train times at Waterloo and London Bridge.

This is the work being carried out at Maidenhead as part of the Crossrail project. New track and overhead line equipment is being installed.

The work is costing £45 million and one of the biggest ever by Network Rail.

Thousands of Network Rail engineers have been working on the track over Christmas but say they didn't go without a turkey dinner on Christmas Day. Darren Coleman, Network Rail’s Project Director for Crossrail West, explains:

Rail works to cause disruption over festive season

Rail passengers have been braving the network during festive engineering works

Thousands of rail passengers are facing difficult journeys this festive seaon with Christmas holiday engineering works underway.

Paddington station in London is closed for six days and Waterloo shuts from eight o'clock on Christmas Eve. The disruption will continue until the New Year. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse spoke to passengers and Mark Carne - the Chief Executive of Network Rail.


£6m of improvements for railways in Fareham area

Six million pounds of work to improve the rail line in Hampshire got underway today at Fareham in Hampshire.

The works mean disruption for thousands of passengers for nine days. However, Network Rail has said it will be worth it, because the changes will make the service better and more reliable. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Suella Fernandes, the MP for Fareham; and Owen Jones from Network Rail.

Landslip means more delays for commuters

Commuters are facing further delays- after a landslip on the railway line between Farnham and Alton. The track has been shut since the embankment became unstable. Rock and soil fell away from the track at Wrecclesham. It's believed it was caused by heavy rain earlier this month. Engineers are now working to make the area safe as Sally Simmonds reports.


Rail disruption continues - Dover sea wall repairs won't be finished till December

Dover's sea wall collapsed last December

Network Rail have revealed that the railway line between Dover and Folkestone which was damaged when a sea wall collapsed, will not be fully repaired until the end of the year.

The line was breached near Dover at Christmas time and it was known that the work would take some time, but today's announcement is the first confirmation that works are not expected to be complete until December. It means many more months of disruption for commuters who use rail routes in the area.

ITV Meridian correspondent Derek Johnson filed this report back in February when questions about the issue were raised.

Upgrade to rail network running 'four years late'

The biggest ever upgrade to the regions rail network will be up to four ye​a​r​s​ late. That's a​cording to a new report from Network Rail.

It means a promise to end the overcrowding crisis and speed up journey times has again been delayed.

It also means new trains, including the new Hitachi bullet trains, may be left sitting in the sidings.

The cost of the project has risen from around £800 million to £2.8 billion. Network Rail say the project is more complex and costly than it first thought.

Improvements at Great Western Railway were due from May of this year. But delays to electrify the line from Paddington to Oxford, Basingstoke, Newbury and Swindon means parts of the project​ won't happen until 2020.

Major improvements are also​ due on the lines from Salisbury to Portsmouth and Brighton. A new link from Reading to Heathrow may not be ready until 2024. Watchdogs say​ its a 'total shambles'.​

Here's our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse

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