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Manchester to Preston electrification
We're electrifying key rail routes across the North to make journeys faster, quieter and more reliable.
This will improve travel between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackpool, Leeds and York and is vital in supporting the region’s long-term, low carbon economic growth.
The first phase between Manchester and Newton-le-Willows was completed in December 2013, electrifying the route between Manchester Airport to Scotland.
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We've modified bridges between Newton-le-Willows and Liverpool, and Huyton and Wigan.
The work included installation of overhead line equipment to allow electric trains to run between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool, and Liverpool and Wigan.
A fully electrified route between Preston and Blackpool will connect the area to the West Coast Main Line, the key rail artery linking the North West with London and Scotland.
We're currently assessing the structures along the route to understand which need to be modified to allow electrification. The outcome of this work will be discussed with local authorities and stakeholders over the coming months.
Bridge modification programme leaflet
Work has been undertaken on the
route to assess bridges and tunnels to ensure that there is sufficient
clearance for overhead power cables to be installed. To date, we have rebuilt
an aqueduct, 15 road bridges, five footbridges and completed work to enlarge the
Farnworth Tunnel in Bolton.
Find out more about what we'll be doing and how it could impact on your
journey: Manchester to Preston electrification.
The Department for Transport announced additional funding to electrify these routes in autumn 2013.
We've been developing the scheme since funding was announced in 2011: A fully electrified route will be provided between Manchester, Leeds and York, linking up with the electrified lines at Leeds and York.
We are currently revising the scheme to include upgrades to track and signalling to take the maximum advantage of the investment opportunity.
These further improvements will accommodate the projected growth in train services and significantly improve in journey times, helping to support economic growth in the north.
This means the original plan to complete work by 2019 will take longer. Planning for the new, bigger scheme is currently underway.
We're currently assessing the structures along the route to understand which need to be modified. The outcome of this work will be discussed with local authorities and stakeholders over the coming months.
Letter from Mark Carne to Lilian Greenwood MP, 23 July 2015