Passengers are travelling for the first time today (December 7) on the newly modernised route between Crewe and Shrewsbury.
New signalling equipment, LED lights and points motors have been installed on the line, to replace the 30-year-old signalling system. The £25 million upgrade will improve reliability for Arriva Trains Wales services between Manchester and Cardiff.
Network Rail completed the engineering project on December 6 as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. Work was carried out over nine days.