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24.04.13

WCML speed upgrade set to start

Work is to take place on the West Coast Main Line to increase the speed of trains, by replacing and enhancing major rail junctions.

The £18m scheme aims to boost reliability and punctuality. Network Rail will relay three miles of track and replace junctions at Golborne, Bamfurlong, Wigan Springs Branch and Balshaw Lane.

The work will start on July 13 and is due for completion nine days later. It will allow trains to travel at up to 75 mph and the temporary line closure will affect services run by Virgin Trains, Northern and First TransPennine Express.

Dyan Crowther, route managing director, said: “This scheme represents significant investment in the railway in this area to increase line speeds and make the railway more reliable and punctual for our customers.

“There is never a good time to carry out major work on such a busy route and after careful discussion with the train operators and industry partners, it became apparent that undertaking this vital investment in nine consecutive days in July would, overall, cause less disruption.

“Train services are quieter at this time and fewer people are expected to experience changes to their travel plans compared to the work being staggered over the next two years, impacting on dozens of weekends and Bank Holidays.”

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JD Dalton   07/06/2013 at 13:08

This work presumably is motivated in part by the iminent transfer of Manchester Airport to Scotland services to the route via Wigan. It defies belief that the Junction at Golborne was converted to a Single Lead some years ago - and a highly restricted one at that.

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