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Manchester to Preston electrification
Network Rail is investing £1bn+ to improve rail services, speed up journeys, create rail links and improve stations. As part of this investment we will be electrifying key routes across the north west. This will help to make journeys faster, quieter and more reliable.
Our investment will see over 300km of the rail network electrified, improving connections between towns and cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool. In conjunction with other improvements on the network, this will enable more trains with additional seats to run.
Electrification will help to provide a reliable and sustainable railway, tackling overcrowding and reduce the cost of operating the railway. Supporting the region’s long-term, low carbon economy and better connecting people to jobs, services, friends, family, education and leisure opportunities.
More seats & improved reliability
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.
Work is now underway to install overhead line equipment that will provide power to electric trains.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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