North West route

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.

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

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