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.”
“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.”
“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.”