Mark welcomes important changes to planned engineering work on the West Coast Mainline


Local MP Mark Pawsey has welcomed the news that a planned closure of the West Coast Mainline for 16 continuous days this August and for 9 days in February 2015 has now been cancelled.

Network Rail had intended to close the line as part of their £81m project to tackle the most common causes of delay at the south end of the line but will now carry out all work over a series of weekends during 2014 and 2015.

Commenting on the announcement Mark said:

“Rugby’s excellent rail links are essential to our town’s economy and growth and many of my constituent’s use the railways every day to commute to and from work.” 

Mark continued:

“I welcomed the planned engineering work as it will have a long-term beneficial effect for Rugby’s commuters but I was concerned about the affect the initial plans would have had on my constituents.”

Mark concluded:

“I am delighted that the necessary works will now ensure that our rail links are not excessively affected and I am sure that the news will also be welcomed by all of Rugby’s many rail users.”