Essential upgrades to the railway between London Euston and the North West were completed by Network Rail over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Engineers worked between Saturday 28th and Monday 30th, with important work taking place to improve the West Coast Main Line for both passenger and freight services.
Around £17m was spent over the Bank Holiday and saw:
- Track replacement, lineside equipment improvements and bridge improvements in Water Orton, Nuneaton and Birmingham as part of work for HS2.
- Work at London Euston in preparation for HS2
- Track replacement between Congleton and Cheadle
- Bridge strengthening between Birchwood and Hunts Cross
- Signalling upgrades in Bicester and Trafford Park.
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 August 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.”
Network Rail planned and rescheduled maintenance work to minimise disruption over the Bank Holiday this year as demand for rail travel was high.
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