April 02, 2004

West Coast Main Line

According to the Regulator (writing in 2000):

The West Coast Main Line runs from London’s Euston Station to Glasgow with branches diverting to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh. The route is used by more than 2000 trains per day, accommodating both passenger and freight services on the core route whilst allowing for the transit of local and regional services on sub-sections of the route…

The WCML was originally an amalgamation of several vertically integrated operators between London and Glasgow. It was constructed in the 1830s and 1840s and the core route through to Glasgow was completed in 1848. Since the completion of the electrification programme to the North West in 1966 and to Scotland in 1975, there have been no major upgrades of the infrastructure on the route.

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