OREANDA-NEWS. Over 9,000 members of Network Rail’s orange army will be working round-the-clock over the long weekend to deliver vital elements of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan, which will provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and businesses across Britain.

In the south, the vast majority of the rail network will remain open over the Spring Bank Holiday, though overnight upgrade works will result in changes to services in the Bournemouth area until around 9:30am on Sunday. However, passengers travelling across the country may be impacted by upgrades in other regions.

John Halsall, Route Managing Director at Network Rail said, “Most of our upgrade work this bank holiday won’t cause any disruption, so the overwhelming majority of passengers will be able to use their trains without interruption. However, there will be major work taking place elsewhere in the country so I’d still urge everyone to check before they travel.”

A total of ?30m will be invested over three days to renew track, upgrade signalling systems and help boost the capacity of the network up and down the country so more trains can run in future. The work has been planned to minimise disruption, as passenger numbers are typically fewer than half during a bank holiday.

Around 97% of the national network will be unaffected, meaning the overwhelming majority of journeys will run as normal.