Rail investment will boost line

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A HUGE railways investment boost will help accelerate train speeds along Britain’s busiest mixed-use line through Wigan.

Network Rail has revealed details of a series of projects worth nearly £40m aimed at improving the reliability of the infrastructure and punctuality of rail services along the West Coast Main Line (WCML).

The projects, some of which are already unde rway, have been specifically targeted to improve performance and range from overhead line improvements to new security fencing to reduce delays caused by trespass and vandalism.

Included in the schemes set to be finished this year include a major project encompassing over 18 miles of railway near centred on the Abram and Golborne lengths of the WCML which will see new junctions and track installed over nine days starting next month.

In the longer term, there will be overhead electrical power line improvements which are happening after a specialist team of engineers walked a large section of the route before recommending a series of improvements to improve the reliability of the infrastructure, over and above regular maintenance and inspection activity.

The West Coast Main Line runs for 399 miles between London and Glasgow and connects many of Britain’s key cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.