Railway Upgrade Plan update 2017 – 2018: London North Western

London North Western

London North Western (LNW) is the largest of Network Rail’s route businesses, comprising 24 per cent of Britain’s railway. The route runs from London Euston in the South, through the West Midlands, the North West of England and Cumbria before joining with Scotland at Gretna. This includes the country’s economic spine: the West Coast Main Line, Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway supporting the major British cities outside of London, and working with seven freight operators and 14 passenger operators.

Over the last two years we have progressively improved punctuality on the West Coast Main Line from 84% to 88%. We aim to achieve 90% within the next two years - all while continuing to upgrade the railway. These upgrades include the Great North Rail Project, which, by May 2018, will deliver customers more reliable, more spacious, more frequent, faster, greener, cleaner train services between cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool. After 2019 work will begin on upgrades to the Manchester-Leeds route.

Over the last two years we have progressively improved punctuality on the West Coast Main Line from 84% to 88%. We aim to achieve 90% within the next two years - all while continuing to upgrade the railway. These upgrades include the Great North Rail Project, which, by May 2018, will deliver customers more reliable, more spacious, more frequent, faster, greener, cleaner train services between cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool. After 2019 work will begin on upgrades to the Manchester-Leeds route.