PASSENGERS have been reminded to plan ahead after works on a part of the West Coast Main Line started.

A major junction on the line will be closed for 16 days for engineering work to be carried out.

Network Rail will be upgrading track, cabling, overhead lines and signalling on the busy Acton Grange junction until August 4.

The Warrington junction is a key section of the west coast main line between Crewe and Preston.

While the £27 million Great North Rail Project scheme takes place, many train services will be diverted via alternative routes, and replacement buses in place.

Direct services between Carlisle and London Euston will run, diverted between Wigan and Crewe, via Manchester Piccadilly. Services between Carlisle and London Euston via Birmingham will terminate at Preston (for trains south) and Crewe (for trains north).