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  • North West electrification

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    on schedule

    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.

  • Which routes are being electrified?

  • NW electrification map

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  • Manchester to Liverpool, and Huyton to Wigan: complete

    We've modified bridges beteen 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.

    Preston to Blackpool

    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

    Manchester to Preston: by December 2016

    We will be starting work in 2015 to make room for over head line equipment through Farnworth tunnel.

    Find out what we'll be doing and how it could impact on your journey: Manchester to Preston electrification.

    Oxenholme to Windemere and Wigan to Lostock

    The Department for Transport announced additional funding to electrify these routes in autumn 2013.

    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.

    Manchester to Leeds and York

    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

    Electrificaton milestones

    Northern electrification timeline
    1. December 2013 - Manchester to West Coast Main Line and Newton-le-Willows
    2. Early 2015 - Newton-le-Willows to Liverpool Lime Street; Huyton to Wigan
    3. December 2016 - Manchester Victoria to Preston
    4. Winter 2016/17 - Preston to Blackpool