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Multi-million-pound track upgrades in Cumbria

Network Rail will be upgrading track near Bootle station on five consecutive Sundays from 15 November to 13 December. Buses will replace trains between Sellafield and Millom while the railway is closed.

The £2.3 million investment will involve replacing over 4,000 metres of rails and sleepers, helping to make journeys more comfortable and smoother for passengers.

Bootle beck track condition October 2020.

Phil James, North West route director for Network Rail, said: “We’re committed to putting Cumbrian passengers first. This work as part of the Great North Rail Project will not only make the coast line more reliable for Northern passengers but also for economically important freight trains travelling along this picturesque route.

“The essential work has been carefully planned to cause the least disruption to passengers. We thank people for their patience and advise people travelling between Sellafield and Millom to check with National Rail Enquiries or Northern if they plan to travel by rail on Sundays. I’d also urge to people to follow government guidelines and wear face coverings unless they are exempt when travelling on rail replacement buses.”

Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The engineering work on the Cumbrian Coast line is a key part of the rail industry’s plans to deliver a better, more reliable, network for our customers.

“We are sorry for any disruption during the improvements and our customers can be assured that both Northern and Network Rail will do everything possible to minimise the impact of the work and deliver alternatives that keep people on the move.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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