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
Water damaged lifts to be repaired at Wigan North Western station
Heavy rain leaked into the shafts and mechanisms in the January storm, closing both lifts to passengers. To get them back in action as soon as possible, Network Rail engineers are building scaffolding to fix…
Online information event about Crewe level crossing improvements
The proposed changes to Barthomley level crossing will see it closed to motorists making it safer for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists. The work will also improve level crossing efficiency and reduce maintenance needs, resulting…