The West Coast Main Line connects London with Glasgow
Building a better railway
In the last 20 years, the number of people travelling on the rail network has doubled. The rail network, our stations and our platforms now deal with more passengers than they were ever designed for.
Our investment plan is entering its final phases and better, more frequent and faster journeys for hundreds of thousands of people are now months away for some, as the benefits start to come to fruition.
What’s the West Coast Main Line?
Supporting major cities, it’s one of the most important rail corridors in Britain and the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe. It’s part of the London North Western (LNW) route, which runs from London Euston through the West Midlands, the North West of England and Cumbria. It then joins Scotland at Gretna.
Work between London Euston, Rugby, Milton Keynes and Birmingham International will include:
Primrose Hill tunnel strengthening
Preparation for HS2, Britain’s new high-speed railway
Work to improve points at Willesden Junction
Track foundation improvements between High Wycombe and Leighton Buzzard
Maintenance work to Bletchley railway flyover
Preparation for the future East West Rail link between Bicester and Bedford
Track renewal between Till Hill and Canley near Coventry
Work between Runcorn, Carlisle and Glasgow Central will include:
Railway track renewal at Golborne, Coppull Hall in Chorley, and Blainscough
Renewal of overhead electric lines at Acton Grange in Warrington
Bridge renovation and strengthening at Coppull Moor Lane in Chorley
Work to improve points and rail replacement at Milnthorpe in South Lakeland
Track foundation improvements and work to overhead electric lines at Carnforth
Track foundation improvements at Upperby in Carlisle
Work on Merseyside and in Greater Manchester will include:
Merseyrail platform upgrades - we will remodel station platforms and track between Bidston and West Kirby on the Merseyrail network to prepare for the arrival of state-of-the-art trains in 2020.
Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge - continuing work on the electrification project between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, with work to install telecommunications cabling and overhead line equipment.