29 October 2010


another emailed posting:

Rail passengers at Plymouth station will be serenaded by one of ABBA's top pop hits this morning (29 Octber) as Network Rail and First Great Western promote temporary changes to London services from Devon and Cornwall this Christmas.

Local tribute band ABBA's Angels will perform 'Waterloo', as rail services into London from the region will terminate at London Waterloo station rather than Paddington between 27 – 30 December 2010 and on 1 January 2011, while improvement work is carried out in the Reading area

Network Rail and First Great Western are using the event to urge passengers to plan ahead and arrange their festive travel now as tickets for Christmas travel are already on sale.

Chris Rayner, Western route director, Network Rail, said: "The improvement works at Reading this Christmas are the first step in Network Rail's project to improve the Great Western mainline, cutting delays and building capacity for services to London from Devon and Cornwall."

"We're working at Christmas because the railway is quieter at this time of year and we'll be able to concentrate a lot of work into a short space of time than spread out disruption over a prolonged period. Most importantly, we have also created room on the railway for trains to be diverted to Waterloo instead so that passengers can continue to stay on the trains without breaking their travel with replacement buses, significantly minimising disruptions."

First Great Western Projects and Planning Director, Matthew Golton said: "Although Network Rail's work will have an impact on our services this Christmas, we've been working together to make sure the railway remains open for business.

"The work is vital to making improvements to the railway. We have planned our services for the festive period very carefully – including adding extra services and re-routing others – to make sure we can get our customers to where they need to go. I'd urge people to plan carefully before making their journeys."

1 comment:

  1. Do you know what route trains will be taking into Waterloo?


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