A £27 million overhaul of the Acton Grange junction – part of the Great North Rail Project – has now been completed.
Network Rail described this upgrade as vital to the successful running of services on the West coast main line, to update track and equipment that has become outdated.
Work on the Acton Grange junction near Warrington has seen upgrades take place to track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling.
Thanks to this necessary project, all track and equipment now adheres to modern standards, with reliability much improved on the economically important West Coast main line.
As part of the Acton Grange junction renewal on what is Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway line, almost 500 people worked on the project each day, with almost 70,000 hours of total work time needed to replace the junction.
All four railway lines, as well as the electric cables, signalling equipment and ‘double diamond’ crossing system were ripped out and replaced.
During the project, approximately 3,200 tonnes of track foundation stone was replaced, while 22 engineering trains were required during the scheme.
Work was required because 260 trains use this junction every day and given it was outdated, it posed a significant threat to safety and reliability for passengers and freight carriers.
Those users of the railway can now be assured of safety and reliability for years to come.
David Golding is the acting route managing director for Network Rail.
He spoke about the project: “Our complete overhaul of Acton Grange junction is vital as it sits on the West Coast main line, Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway.
“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.
“I want to thank passengers for bearing with us while we delivered this much needed work.”