£40m work project for West Coast Line

A Virgin Pendolino train on the West Coast Main Line.
A Virgin Pendolino train on the West Coast Main Line.
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Network Rail has revealed details of a series of projects, worth nearly £40m, aimed at improving the reliability of the infrastructure and punctuality of train services on the West Coast MainLine.

The projects, many of which are already under way, have been specifically targeted to improve performance and range from overhead line improvements to new security fencing to reduce delays caused by trespassing and vandalism.

Diane Crowther, route managing director, Network Rail said: “We are not satisfied with the current performance of our infrastructure on the southern end of the West Coast main line.

“This line has seen tremendous growth in traffic and passengers over the last five years and, just like a busy motorway during rush hour, more trains mean that if something goes wrong, the knock on effects can be significant.”

Among the work, 18 miles of railway near Wigan will see new junctions and track installed over nine days in July which will cause delays, overhead lines between London and Rugby will be revamped and £10m of new fencing on the south of the line will be put in place.

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