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03.08.20

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

Passenger and freight journeys are set to be made more reliable in Lancashire and Cumbria as part of a £3.4m investment into the overhead 25,000-volt electric cables which power trains.

The Great North Rail Project upgrade will make overhead line equipment (OLE) more resilient on the West Coast main line between Preston and Carlisle. The essential work will make journeys more reliable for passengers and freight customers after previous delays on this economically important railway route.

Specialist engineers will deliver 60 projects to improve the overhead lines over most weekends between now and March next year.

The jobs include thousands of component replacements undertaken overnight while trains aren’t running in order to minimise disruption to passengers.

Phil James, Network Rail’s North West Route Director, said: “This major £3.4m investment of the overhead line equipment is an important upgrade to improve reliability for our passengers, and train and freight operating companies on the West Coast main line in Lancashire and Cumbria.

“Putting passengers first, we’ve brought in a specialist team that will work in the early hours of Sunday morning to get our overhead line equipment back into shape.

“This work as part of the Great North rail Project will improve the reliability of the West Coast main line to encourage tourists, holiday-makers, commuters and business people back on to the railway.”

Gus Dunster, Executive Director of Operations at Avanti West Coast, added: “We know how important punctual and reliable journeys are to our customers, which is why we welcome Network Rail’s work to improve overhead line equipment between Preston and Carlisle.

“The work will help to make journeys for millions of customers in Lancashire and Cumbria more reliable for many years to come.”

A new generation of engineers will also be trained on how to operate and repair the overhead line equipment. This will secure the long-term expertise of Network Rail’s West Coast main line maintenance teams.

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