Work maintenance train in operation at Cheddington

West Coast Main Line upgrades completed between London and Cumbria

Essential upgrades to the rail network between London Euston, the Midlands, North West and Cumbria have been completed, improving reliability and services on the line.

Network Rail teams carried out the £14.5m improvement works on the West Coast Main Line, as part of the wider Railway Upgrade Plan.

It is expected the upgrades will improve operation on the line for both passenger and freight services.

The vital works included:

  • Railway track replacement at Worcester, Halton in Cheshire, Harrow and Wealdstone and Cheddington in Buckinghamshire
  • Signalling upgrades at Trafford Park in Manchester
  • Track foundation stone upgrades in Crewe and Carlisle

The work was completed over the late May bank holiday, between May 29-31, 2021.

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director for Network Rail’s North West & Central region, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these essential upgrades to the West Coast Main Line and routes which feed into it over the late May bank holiday.

“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.”

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