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Biggest Repair Project Paralyzes UK’s Railway

Biggest Repair Project Paralyzes UK’s Railway

Thursday, 28 December, 2017 - 08:00
A Southern train and Gatwick Express train (l-r) pull into Victoria Station. The company says it will challenge the strike action in the high court (file photo) PA

Britain's railway networks will witness the biggest repair project in their history, which will suspend the activity in most of the country’s train stations; only three of the 29 rail network in Britain will be functioning.

The repair workshop, which will run until January 2 in some areas, includes 260 projects in 3400 sites, according to the National Rail, reported AFP.

The repairs are expected to cost 160.4 million pounds (214 million dollars), said the association, which is responsible for overseeing passenger train operating companies.

The Guardian newspaper said that only Chiltern Railways, Merseyrail and ScotRail would be operating only on Tuesday, at a limited capacity.

A Department of Transport spokeswoman told the Guardian that train services generally do not operate on Boxing Day in England and Wales due to lack of demand, but a survey cited by the Express newspaper found that three out of 10 Britons would take to the roads on Tuesday to visit loved ones.

Speaking Monday to the Express, British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling urged the public to be forgiving about the rail closures because the maintenance work was vital to expand and improve services.

"There are a lot of people who waived their Christmas to improve the railways," he told the paper. "I just ask people not to forget them."

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