Hundreds of Network Rail workers give up Christmas with their families to improve railway reliability in Doncaster

Over 200 Network Rail workers are giving up their Christmases to work on a £600,000 project to improve the railway in Doncaster.

From late-night Christmas Eve until the morning of Sunday, 27 December, major work will take place to renew 320 metres of track, which runs the full length of Platform 4 at Doncaster railway station. The project will see the old rail, sleepers and ballast removed and new ones installed. Work will also take place to upgrade signalling equipment and overhead electric wires. Once complete, the work will benefit passengers through creating a more modern, reliable and resilient railway with fewer delays.

As there are no timetabled services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day on this part of the railway, Network Rail uses this opportunity to carry out major work and avoid disruption for passengers at busier times. Passengers are advised to check before travelling as there are no timetabled services or bus replacement services on Christmas Day. Major work at King’s Cross station as part of a £1.2billion upgrade also means changes to and from London on the East Coast Main Line over the festive period. Passengers can see how they may be affected by visiting eastcoastupgrade.co.uk

Ricky Collins is from Doncaster and is a Works Delivery Supervisor for Network Rail. Ricky joined the company in 2008 and will be working on this project over the Christmas period.

He said: “Over the festive period, I’ll be out on site with the team and my role will be to manage and oversee the project and make sure that the work completes on time.

“Working over Christmas can be tricky as I do have children and I love to see them opening their presents. Even though it’s a bit of a balancing act, I always make sure that I get to spend this important time with them.

“I’m really proud to work on the railway and I know how important this project is and the benefits it will bring all those who travel on this route.”

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