Hampshire Passengers to benefit from Christmas Railway Upgrade
While most people were tucking into their turkey Christmas dinner, Osborne were working with Network Rail to renew a railway bridge in Bramley, Hampshire, as part of its multimillion pound Christmas upgrade programme.
The old bridge, which sat in 900 acres of Ministry of Defence (MoD) land, was around 150 years old and had reached the end of its serviceable life.
The new £1.9 million bridge, supporting the lines between Basingstoke and Reading, will improve the reliability for passengers and will reduce the amount of disruption caused by maintenance of the structure.
Becky Lumlock, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “Christmas provides us with a great chance to deliver vital aspects of our Railway Upgrade Plan while causing the least amount of disruption to passengers. Starting late on Christmas Eve, and working around the clock through Christmas Day and Boxing Day, our orange army have done a fantastic job of providing a better railway for our growing number of passengers.”