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22.07.13

WCML services resume at 80mph

Trains have resumed service at full speed on the West Coast Main Line, following extensive improvements to the track between Warrington and Preston.

A nine-day block of work allowed Network Rail to replace four life-expired junctions, and relay three miles of track to increase line speeds and make journeys more reliable.

Services resumed today at 80mph, rather than the typical 50mph. This was achieved through speed checks taking place during the longer block of engineering work.

Martin Frobisher, area director for Network Rail, said: “I was in the cab of the first test train over the line this morning and I’m pleased that under some tough weather conditions we’ve been able to deliver on time, this vital improvement which will make journeys on the west coast main line more reliable and punctual. I would like to thank passengers for their support and cooperation during the closure, as well as our industry partners who we worked very closely with to prepare for and deliver this critical project.”

Phil Bearpark, production director for Virgin Trains added: “I congratulate the engineering team at Network Rail for completing this very challenging piece of work on time. A key section of the West Coast Main Line will now immediately provide better reliability for our customers and in the longer term is another stepping stone in our quest for faster journey times for Anglo Scottish services.” 

Lee Wasnidge, area director for Northern, adds: “Thanks to this essential improvement project, we’ll be able to provide a better, more reliable service for our customers on a revitalised piece of railway. Considering the extremely warm weather and the busy summer holiday period, I’d really like to thank our customers for their patience during the disruption as well as our area teams on the ground for their commitment and diligence to keeping everyone on the move.”

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