As Control Period 6 (CP6) begins, Network Rail is publishing spending plans from various regions of the country, and this includes its London-to-Carlisle region, which will invest £5.7 billion in the next five years.
In the five years from April 2019, the biggest ever investment on Britain’s railways will be undertaken, with almost £50 billion earmarked during that time.
Spending plans for many areas of rail in Britain have been confirmed, including projects that will benefit from investment in Scotland.
And now, plans have been unveiled for the London-to-Carlisle region, which is run by London North Western (LNW), who run the railway infrastructure in the Chilterns, West Midlands, North West, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria.
this accounts for almost half of the country’s railway network, with LNW employing in excess of 7,000 people to undertake the vital maintenance, enhancement and renewal work during CP6.
LNW is known as the backbone of Britain, because it includes the likes of the West Coast main line, which is the busiest mixed-use railway – for passengers and freight – in Europe and acts as the economic spine of Britain, connecting London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.
In the next five years, the London-to-Carlisle route will benefit from almost £6 billion in investment on vital operations, supporting the business vision of delivering an important service for customers and taxpayers.
A £2.7 billion programme of railway renewals has already been confirmed, to replace track, bridges, points, embankments and structures.
In addition, the delivery of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be supported, while major resignalling and track remodelling will take place on the West coast main line.
New train fleets will be introduced to improve capacity and reliability, while work will continue with train companies to improve reliability of services in the North.
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, commented: “Passengers and freight users are at the heart of our plans over the next five years.
“Performance has been nowhere near good enough and public trust in our industry has declined. This must change.”