Rail passengers travelling between Crewe and Shrewsbury can look forward to more reliable train services thanks to a £25m investment to modernise signalling – the traffic light system of the railway – as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan.
To allow engineers to carry out the work, between Saturday 28 November and Sunday 6 December there will be replacement bus services for Arriva Trains Wales customers travelling in both directions between Shrewsbury and Crewe, stopping at Yorton, Wem, Prees, Whitchurch, Wrenbury and Nantwich. Some direct rail services during this period will be diverted to Crewe via Wrexham General.
The scheme will see the signal box at Gresty Lane in Crewe taken out of use, with signalling control moved to Crewe’s central control centre. The new signalling equipment will connect with the modern signalling system already in use at Nantwich and Crewe.
The railway is vital to the region’s economic health, so it’s equally vital that we continue to invest to make services better for passengers.
This is essential work and I thank passengers in advance for their patience while it takes place.
Paul Danks, project manager for Network Rail
We are asking customers to check their journey plans, especially those who bought their tickets in advance, as there have been some delays in adding the timetable amendments into the booking systems that were unfortunately beyond our control.
The bus service will add extra time to the journey and we regret that dogs (except guide dogs), cycles, prams and large items of luggage cannot be carried on replacement bus services. We have recently relaunched our online Journey Check system to make it easier for customers to check their journey plans.
Claire Lillie, spokesperson for Arriva Trains Wales
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Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £38bn in the railway by 2019 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.