Acton Grange junction – West Coast main line

We're upgrading the track and equipment on Acton Grange junction, located on the busy West Coast main line, to make it more reliable


Between 20 July and 4 August, Network Rail engineers will be working to upgrade track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling on the busy Acton Grange junction.

Acton Grange is a key section of the West Coast main line between Crewe and Preston. It helps connect Chester and Warrington to Manchester in the east and Wigan, Preston, the Lake District and Scotland to the West Midlands and London. It's used by over 260 trains every day.

£27m is being invested, as part of the Great North Rail Project, to bring the outdated track and equipment to modern standards and further improve the reliability of the economically important West Coast main line.

While the work takes place, many trains will be diverted to keep passengers moving. In some cases, passengers may need to change onto a different train or a bus for a section of their journey.

Passengers are being urged to check before they travel and to allow more time for their journeys as services will be busier than usual.

Some preparatory works will also take place over the upcoming May bank holidays, ready for our 16-day upgrade this summer.

How will journeys be impacted?