Travellers using the railway face a diversion over the Christmas weekend as engineers work on a £1 million improvement scheme.
While much of Britain is tucking into its Christmas dinner, Network Rail’s orange army will be out in force on the West Coast main line at Weedon to improve the reliability of the railway through the area.
£1 million is being spent on replacing more than two kilometres of drainage under the track. Network Rail says this will significantly reduce the need for future speed restrictions on the line during times of flooding and heavy rain, helping to provide a more reliable service on one of the busiest sections of railway in Europe.
Engineers will start work at 8pm on Christmas Eve when nine huge engineering trains will be used to remove track, sleepers and ballast, lay the new drainage and replace the track ready for trains to start running on the improved track from 5.30am on Monday December 29.
Paul Eamonson, Network Rail project manager, said: “This is a really important piece of work as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan which will increase the life expectancy of the track and provide a more reliable railway for passengers.
“A huge amount of planning has gone into our Christmas work to make sure we minimise disruption to passengers while providing a more modern and reliable railway.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all the engineers who will be working hard over the Christmas period to continue the upgrade of the railway for our passengers.”
On December 28 and 29, services will still run but they will be diverted via Northampton. Passengers should check www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information before they travel.