West Coast main line closed for 16 days this summer

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A £27 million Great North Rail Project taking place between 20th july and 4th August will mean that the West Coast main line will close for 16 days.

This closure will ensure that ‘vital’ engineering work is done in Warrington as the network rail upgrade their tracks , cabling, overhead lines and signalling on the Acton Grange junction.

Acton Grange is a key section of the West Coast main line between Crewe and Preston.

More than 260 trains use the junction everyday and it is said to be the busied mixed use railway.

A plan has been agreed by train operators and Network rail to make sure that passengers are moving throughout the work.

Passengers are warned that this may mean a change in their routes and they may have to take different trains or buses for their journeys.

Martin Ftobisher, managing director got Network Rail’s London North Western route said: “With more than 260 trains using this junction everyday, it is vital to keep it in good condition. We need to replace it and upgrade it to ensure a reliable railway for passengers for many years to come.

“To deliver work of this scale and magnitude, we must close the junction for 16 days this summer. The alternative would be many weekends of disruption to passengers and much higher cost.

“We have worked closely with our train and freight operator colleagues to minimise the distruption and to keep as many trains moving as possible.

“I would urge passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel.”

Passengers are advised to check the national rail official website to check for any changes for their routes and are encouraged to allow more time for their journeys as they are expected to be busier than usual.

Robert Nisbet, reginal director for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the railway said:

“This vital engineering work is part of the rail industry’s plan to improve punctuality and make journeys better while keeping disruption to a minimum as much as we can.

“We encourage people who are planning to take the train during these weeks to check before they travel.

“This section of the West coast main line helps connect Chester and Warrington to Manchester in the east and Wigan, Preston, the Lake District and Scotland to the West Midlands and London.

“The vital upgrade this summer will bring the outdated track and equipment up to modern standards and further improve the reliability of the economically important West Coast main line.”

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