Monday 20 Sep 2004


Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Millions of hours of hard work are about to pay off for passengers, as the renewed West Coast Main Line prepares to go live at 125 (mph) providing a safer, faster and more reliable railway. Monday 27 September will see Network Rail reach the first major milestone of the £7.6 billion modernisation of the London to Glasgow route, with the introduction of a 125mph railway for tilting trains between London and Manchester. This achievement will bring immediate benefits for thousands of passengers who use Britain’s busiest rail route every day, with faster journey times and increased train frequency, including London to Manchester in a little over two hours and London to Glasgow in 4hrs 41mins – half an hour faster than today. Since May 2003, a 9,000 strong West Coast workforce has worked a total of 24 million hours (almost 2,740 years) to rebuild the railway between London, Birmingham, Crewe and Manchester. In addition, this army of engineers has installed over 460 new sets of points, around 600 miles of overhead wiring, and enough ballast to fill six supertankers (over 1.1 million tonnes).

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