North West & Central (NW&C) is the ‘Backbone of Britain’ – the economic spine linking our main cities. We connect workers with jobs, people with loved ones and goods to market.
Our infrastructure runs from London Euston and Marylebone in the south through the Chiltern and West Midlands regions, the North West of England and Cumbria before joining with Scotland at Gretna. We are home to the West Coast Mainline, the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe, serving London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
We have 8,000 employees. Our vision is “One team safely delivering excellent services for customers and taxpayers.” We will achieve this vision by embedding a safe, caring workforce culture that welcomes everyone and embraces new ideas and fresh thinking.
We are committed to transforming North West and Central region, and by extension the whole of Network Rail, into a customer-focused, service organisation. We will put passengers first. We will prioritise safe, reliable train services against the ongoing need to build a bigger, better railway capable of transporting more people and produce in future.
In the five years to 2024, passenger demand is set to grow by 12% and freight by 18%. Major railway upgrade schemes to cater for this growth include HS2, East West Rail, Midlands Rail Hub and the Great North Rail Project.
Managing director, North West & Central region
North West and Central region in numbers
- 246.5 million annual rail passenger journeys
- 1.3 million passengers travel through this region each weekday
- 571 stations
- 4 managed stations: Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, London Euston
- We are 24% of Britain's railway
- 6,724 passenger and freight services per day
- 700,000 tonnes of freight is moved each week
- 712 level crossings
- 7,100 bridges
- 150 signal boxes
Routes in the North West & Central region
Network Rail donates laptops to St. Willibrord's R.C. Primary School in Clayton, East Manchester
The recycling initiative is being run by a team of volunteers at Network Rail who plan to distribute at least 8,000 refurbished laptops to schools across Britain to help pupils who are without a home…
Storm Christoph travel warning issued across North West
Torrential rain from Storm Christoph risks causing flooding on the West Coast main line, routes in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria over the next 48 hours. From 4pm this afternoon (Tuesday 19 January) it…
Buckinghamshire railway crossing to be made safer for passengers and public
A £1.2million investment by Network Rail will see the footbridge at Beaconsfield Golf Club overhauled later this month. The high-maintenance old footbridge will be entirely replaced with a more reliable, modern structure. This means fewer…