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Acton Grange blockade success

A £27MILLION project to renew trackwork, overhead line equipment (OHLE), and signalling at Acton Grange Junction in Warrington was completed successfully between July 20 and August 4. 

Acton Grange Junction, near Warrington, was closed for 16 days between July 20 and August 4, causing major disruption to West Coast Main Line operations. On July 30, No. 90047 passes Weston in Staffordshire with Caledonian Sleeper’s southbound ‘Highlander’, which had been diverted via Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. BRAD JOYCE

The 16-day blockade of the West Coast Main Line, Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway, forced a large number of diversions, alterations and cancellations as 15 sets of points and ‘double-diamond’ crossings were replaced by more than 500 staff, working around the clock. 

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