Spotlight on Easter 2018: Ashton-under-Lyne

What is the project at Ashton-under-Lyne?

The work at Ashton-under-Lyne this Easter is part of the Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge upgrade. As part of the Great North Rail Project, resignalling and remodelling work will take place to improve passenger journeys.

Why are we carrying out this work?

The upgrade will improve line speed, meaning passengers will be able to get to their destinations faster than before, and it will enable better journeys between Manchester Victoria station and Stalybridge. Improved line speed will also mean more frequent services on the route.

What’s happening at Ashton-under-Lyne over the Easter bank holiday?

Between Friday 30 March and 2 April 2018, track will be lowered under Cheetham Hill Bridge. This work is expected to be finished by early Tuesday morning.

How will the work affect bank holiday services?

Team Orange will be working throughout the Easter weekend, meaning Manchester Victoria station will be closed to train services.

Bus replacements will be available, and passengers are urged to check National Rail Enquiries before they travel. Normal train services will resume on Tuesday 3 April 2018.

What will we be doing after Easter?

Following the Easter weekend, there will be a huge piece of work as part of the Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge upgrade over a 16-day period.  Between Saturday 14 April and Sunday 29 April 2018, a signal box will be removed, alongside resignalling and track remodelling work. The signalling system at Ashton Moss will be changed so it can be controlled from our state-of-the-art rail operating centre in Manchester.

During this work, Northern services to Manchester Victoria from Stalybridge will be replaced by buses, and there will be a TransPennine Express service from Stalybridge to Manchester Piccadilly. Passengers are advised to check on National Rail Enquiries before they travel. Normal services will resume Monday 30 April 2018.

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Easter railway improvement work 2018