The North West route runs from Cheshire in the south to Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria in the North.
Major stations across the route include Crewe, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly, Bolton, Preston, and Carlisle. The route is home to the two Northern Powerhouse cities of Liverpool and Manchester, as well as the tourist destinations of Blackpool and the Lake District.
Since 2012, work has been ongoing as part of the Great North Rail Project to upgrade key routes and stations, as well as roll out faster and more modern trains, which are all helping to transform passengers’ journeys.
Across the route, the rail industry is working together more closely than ever to deliver what passengers really want – a reliable railway, timely information, clean stations and enough seats on trains.
The North West route is part of the North West and Central region.
Route director, North West
Main railway lines:
- the West Coast Mainline from crewe to Carlisle.
- the pan railway from Manchester to Liverpool.
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.
Projects in North West
Network Rail slams reckless TikTok of live railway photoshoot
The shocking footage reported to Network Rail after it was shared on social media shows a car parked in the middle of the tracks at The Oaks level crossing, at Bromley Cross in Bolton, along…
Major upgrade to passenger lifts at Macclesfield station starts next week
A much-needed £400,000 investment as part of the Great North Rail Project will make step-free access more reliable to station platforms. Work will start on Wednesday 20 January and take place until Wednesday 31 March…