Improvements

Network Rail completes Central and Northwest regional improvements

Network rail has completed improvements to its Northwest and Central regions. Between May 1-3 2021, teams carried out a range of works to enhance passenger and freight services on the West Coast Main Line.

Track upgrades were completed to improve journeys between Preston and Penrith, Euston and Milton Keynes and on the Cumbrian Coast Line.

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director, Network Rail's North West and Central region, said: “I'm immensely proud of the hundreds of Network Rail staff and our contractors who continue to make the West Coast Main Line more reliable for our passengers and pave the way for HS2, which will bring much-needed extra railway capacity as the country builds back better from the pandemic.”

The improvements to Network Rail’s North West and Central region, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, saw 103 precast concrete beams lifted into place to build a railway flyover deck for the East West Rail project at Bletchley. 

Though the bulk of the scheduled work is now complete but there will be some further railway improvement projects later this month over the late May bank holiday May 29-21 May 2021

The improvement work in Network Rail's North West and Central region as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan saw:

  • 103 precast concrete beams lifted over the West Coast main line to build a new railway flyover deck for the East West Rail project at Bletchley
  • Track upgrades to improve future journeys between Preston – Penrith, Euston – Milton Keynes and on the Cumbrian Coast line
  • Major signalling improvements at Trafford in Manchester
  • Demolition of Siddick bridge over the railway at the Port of Workington in Cumbria
  • Ongoing work to upgrade Birmingham New Street station's signalling system
  • Preparing Euston station for Britain’s new high-speed railway 
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