London to Scotland rail line set for multi-million pound improvement

A key rail route between London and Scotland is to undergo a revamp worth nearly £40 million, according to a report by standard.co.uk.

Network Rail has announced that schemes on the West Coast mainline include overhead line improvements and new fencing to stop trespassers.

At the moment, Network Rail is “not satisfied” with the current performance on the line, hence the improvements. It is hoped the investment will cause the line to be more efficient and reduce delays for commuters and passengers en route to their destination.

Less delays could also prove to be helpful for businessmen and women travelling from Scotland to London to attend corporate venues and events, for instance.

Dyan Crowther, NR’s route managing director, believes the route is one of Britain’s “most vital rail arteries”.

Crowther said: “This line has seen tremendous growth in traffic and passengers over the last five years and, just like a busy motorway during rush hour, more trains mean that if something goes wrong, the knock on effects can be significant.

“We have identified almost £40 million worth of investment aimed at improving performance by targeting some of the most common causes of delay. Some of the measures will be delivered in a few short months while others are more long term,” she added, cited by realradio-scotland.co.uk.