An important passenger and freight line in the north of England is set to be upgraded through Great North Rail Project investment.
The work will see a section of the railway line upgraded which is crucial in keeping people and goods moving by separating passenger and freight trains.
Approximately £700,000 will be invested thanks to the Great North Rail Project, replacing half a kilometre of track that dates back to the 1950s and is in urgent need of upgrade.
The upgrade of this freight line is also significant because it will make the railway much stronger and able to cope with heavy freight trains.
This is because the new rail will be continuously welded; a technique that means trains weighing up to 2,500 tonnes will be able to run on the freight line.
By being able to cope with heavier trains, the project will also make significant inroads in cutting emissions and therefore easing pollution.
The issue of air quality and harmful emissions is one that is prominent in Britain; by increasing the strength of the line, freight trains will be able to carry heavier loads.
As it stands, each freight train ensures 76 lorries are taken off local roads and every tonne of freight carried cuts carbon emissions by 76%.
A Network Rail spokesperson spoke about the benefits of the project.
“Northwich loop’s £700,000 Great North Rail Project makeover allows the safe movement of freight and passenger trains essential to the Northern Powerhouse to continue across the Pennines and down to the south.
“This not only eases congestion on our roads, but also helps the environment as each freight train takes 76 lorries off the road.
“This upgrade also means less maintenance costs for the railway in the long-run, as the more modern and robust track can better carry the heavy loadings of the eight freight trains that pass through each weekday.”
The work will make journeys for passengers between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly faster and more reliable.