Plan Ahead for the Closure of the West Coast Line

Plan Ahead for the Closure of the West Coast Line

Passengers and businesses are being urged to plan ahead during the 16-day closure of West Coast main line this summer.

The West Coast main line will close for 16 days for vital engineering work in Warrington, causing disruption for both passengers and businesses.

Between 20 July and 4 August Network Rail will be upgrading track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling on the busy Acton Grange junction, which is used by more than 260 trains every day.

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

While the £27m Great North Rail Project scheme takes place, many train services will be diverted via alternative routes.

Speaking about the closure, Stewart Hurry, SSCS Project Manager has said:

“The West Coast line is the busiest route for both passenger and freight trains between Scotland and the south of England. This extended closure will add significantly to journey times as the works take place and they come at one of the busiest holiday periods.

It will be vital to plan journeys in advance and take into account that changes to timetables could occur at short notice. Businesses should check with freight operators to confirm if delivery times will be affected or indeed if all trains will still be operating. Hopefully the short-term pain will provide long term improvements to services and reliability.”

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