Overhead image of Network Rail's Wolverton track upgrades

£15m upgrades completed between London and Manchester over bank holiday

Engineers used the August bank holiday to complete a suite of “essential” improvements to the railway between London, the Midlands and the North West, Network Rail has announced.

The investment for the upgrades totalled £15m and saw:

  • Better trackside drainage in Cheshire as well as the installation of new track in Macclesfield
  • New railway lines in Altrincham
  • HS2 construction work between Birmingham and Derby
  • The delivery of new west coast main line track at Wolverton, and work above London Euston station
Collage of Network Rail's August 2023 bank holiday railway upgrades
                                                 Image credit: Network Rail

“The £15m invested plays a huge part in our ongoing commitment to keep passenger and freight trains running reliably across our network,” said Network Rail’s North West and Central region interim managing director, Dave Penney.

“This will continue this weekend with more upgrades in Northampton and at Manchester Piccadilly stations which will mean changes to some journeys – so our advice as always is to use National Rail Enquiries to see how travel could be impacted.”

This weekend will see works commence to connect a huge rail freight interchange to the West Coast mainline – Network Rail says this requires a part of the railway to be closed for nine days between Milton Keynes and Northampton.

This Sunday will also see comprehensive upgrade work to platforms 13 and 14 at Manchester Piccadilly station.

Image credit: Network Rail


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