Altrincham to Chester track upgrade completes
Network Rail has completed works to a stretch of track between Altrincham and Ashley to boost journey times between Manchester and Chester via Northwich.
The £800,000 investment saw the replacement of old sleepers, railway stone and rail upgraded on the stretch of track known as the Bleeding Wolf in Hale.
Due to the poor condition of the track, trains were only allowed to travel through at 20mph, but with the upgrades, trains can now go through at up to 60mph on the route, which connects Manchester, Stockport, Altrincham, Northwich, Delamere, and Chester.
Work on the project concluded over the weekend of 10-12 August; around 2,500 tonnes of ballast, 700 new sleepers, and 500m of new drainage were installed during the works.
The section of track is named after a folk legend from the 13th century where the Earl of Chester was attacked by an injured wolf, and was saved by local forester Adam De Lauton. The legend also leant its name to a pub on Ashley Road, which has since closed and has been converted into flats.
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “Thanks to the Great North Rail Project the track at Altrincham is now future-proofed, improving and protecting the journeys of our customers for years to come.
“I’d like to, again, thank those customers who use the line for their patience whilst this essential work was carried out.”