The UK’s Network Rail has announced plans to deliver planned upgrades in the Greater Manchester and Milton Keynes areas this month.

With an investment exceeding £19m, the operator aims to provide passengers and freight with safe and reliable railway journeys in the North West and Central region.

As part of the UK’s Railway Upgrade Plan, the company plans to replace the track between Adlington and Cheadle Hulme in Cheshire, as well as between Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard.

It will carry out the renovation work between 24 to 26 August with more than 2,700 railway engineers working on the improvement work.

Network Rail interim route managing director David Golding said: “We appreciate there is never a good time to carry out large-scale improvements to the railway. I know that bank holiday engineering work can affect passengers who want to make the most of the long weekend but we plan the work to affect the fewest number of people.

“Thankfully, disruption for passengers travelling between London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District is minimal. However, we are still urging passengers to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk as major work on other parts of the network could have a knock-on effect.”

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This work will not affect most of the West Coast mainline, Chiltern line, Midlands and North West routes.

Earlier this month, Network Rail submitted a planning application to build a railway sleeper facility in Bescot sidings, Sandwell, after extensive consultations with local residents and politicians.