Vital WCML upgrades completed over May Bank Holiday

Euxton JN
Credit: network rail

Rail passengers have been thanked for their patience after important work on the West Coast Main Line was completed over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Engineers carried out vital work on the West Coast Main Line track, bridges and equipment in Cumbria, Lancashire, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and London, all were part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

The work includes:

  • Euxton junction was replaced.
  • Track improvements near Wembley, Camden, Carlisle, Wolverhampton and Preston
  • A large signalling gantry being installed in Preston
  • A footbridge being replaced in Stockport
Preston signalling gangtry renewal late May bank holiday 2020
Credit: Network Rail

Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West & Central region, said: “The schemes we carried out in May were all must-do work which was carefully planned to minimise disruption to freight and those who needed to travel. It will help to ensure the railway is at its best when Britain emerges from this coronavirus pandemic. Our mission-critical frontline colleagues, including railway upgrade engineers, signallers, maintenance, control room and operations staff, are Britain’s hidden heroes, helping to keep Britain connected in this time of need. And I’m proud of them.”​

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