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 Saturday 20 July and Sunday 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£27m is being invested, as part of the Great North Rail Project, to bring the outdated track and equipment to modern standards and further improve the reliability of the economically important West Coast main line.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.

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How will journeys be impacted?

Services between Blackpool and London Euston will not run. Passengers are advised to travel to Preston for a connecting train to/from London.

Direct services between Carlisle and London Euston will run, diverted between Wigan and Crewe, via Manchester Piccadilly.

Services between Carlisle and London Euston via Birmingham will terminate at Preston (for trains South) and Crewe (for trains North). Passengers travelling to / from Birmingham are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Preston and Crewe to pick up connecting trains.

New direct services between Chester and Leeds (introduced in the May timetable change) will start/terminate at Manchester Victoria.

Transport for Wales services, between Chester and Manchester, will not run.

Rail replacement bus services will operate between Chester and Newton-le-Willows, calling at Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn East, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central. Passengers are advised to change at Newton-le-Willows for connecting trains to/from Manchester.

Rail replacement bus services will also operate between Chester and Manchester Airport, calling at Helsby, Frodsham and Runcorn East. Passengers are advised to change at Manchester Airport for connecting train services to / from Manchester.

Direct services between Earlestown/Newton-le-Willows and Manchester Piccadilly will be reduced to one train an hour (as Transport for Wales train will not run) meaning these services will be much busier than usual.

Passengers may also travel on the direct services between Earlestown/Newton-le-Willows and Manchester Victoria.

Services between Edinburgh and London Euston via Birmingham will terminate at Preston (for trains South) and Crewe (for trains North).

Passengers travelling to / from Birmingham are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Preston and Crewe to pick up connecting trains.

Passengers travelling to / from London can go via East Coast (London Kings Cross).

Early morning and evening direct Northern services between Ellesmere Port and Manchester Victoria will not run.

Rail replacement bus services will operate between Ellesmere Port and Warrington Bank Quay, calling at Stanlow & Thornton, Ince & Elton, Helsby, Frodsham and Runcorn East. Passengers are advised to travel between Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central for connecting trains to / from Manchester.

Direct services between Glasgow and London Euston will run, diverted between Wigan and Crewe, via Manchester Piccadilly.

Services between Glasgow and London Euston via Birmingham will terminate at Preston (for trains South) and Crewe (for trains North). Passengers travelling to / from Birmingham are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Preston and Crewe to pick up connecting trains.

Direct services between Penrith, Oxenholme & Lancaster, and London Euston will run, diverted between Wigan and Crewe, via Manchester Piccadilly.

Services between Penrith, Oxenholme & Lancaster, and London Euston via Birmingham will terminate at Preston (for trains South) and Crewe (for trains North). Passengers travelling to / from Birmingham are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Preston and Crewe to pick up connecting trains.

Direct services between Preston and London Euston will run, diverted between Wigan and Crewe, via Manchester Piccadilly.

Services between Preston and London Euston via Birmingham will terminate at Preston (for trains South) and Crewe (for trains North). Passengers travelling to / from Birmingham are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Preston and Crewe to pick up connecting trains.

Direct services between Warrington and London Euston will not run. Passengers are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Warrington and Crewe to pick up connecting trains to / from London.

Services between Warrington and London Euston via Birmingham will not run. Passengers are advised to take a bus between Warrington and Crewe to pick up connecting trains to / from Birmingham.

Direct services between Warrington Bank Quay and Manchester Piccadilly will not run.

Direct services will run between Warrington Central and Manchester Piccadilly.

Direct services between Warrington and Preston, Glasgow and Edinburgh will not run. Passengers are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Warrington and Wigan to pick up connecting trains.

Direct services between Warrington and Wigan will not run.

Regular rail replacement buses will operate between Warrington and Wigan.

Direct services between Wigan and Glasgow will run.

Services between Wigan and Edinburgh will not run. Passengers are advised to take a train between Wigan and Preston to pick up connecting trains.

Direct services between Wigan and London Euston will run, diverted between Wigan and Crewe, via Manchester Piccadilly.

Services between Wigan and London Euston via Birmingham will not run. Passengers travelling to / from Birmingham are advised to take a rail replacement bus service between Wigan and Crewe to pick up connecting trains.

Contact us

For more information or to get in touch with us, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.