Network Rail has fully reopened West Coast mainline after a GBP 27 million (EUR 29.4 million) major renewal of Acton Grange junction, which is used by more than 260 trains per day.
The overhaul as part of the Great North Rail Project saw upgrade works on all four lines, cabling, overhead lines and signalling. The vital 16-day upgrade has brought outdated track and equipment up to modern standards and further improved the reliability of the economically important West Coast main line.
“With more than 260 trains using this junction every day, it is important to keep it in a safe, good condition. Our upgrades will ensure this vital part of the railway stays reliable for passengers for many years to come,” David Golding, acting route managing director, said.
Engineering teams upgraded 4 km of track and 2 km of drainage through nearby Sutton Tunnel. A track crossing was also removed near Runcorn East station.