Calder Valley

Paving the way for faster journeys between Manchester Victoria and Bradford interchange

We’re upgrading track and making changes to stations and structures along the Calder Valley route between Manchester Victoria and Bradford interchange, paving the way for faster journeys.


The upgrades are part of a £1bn investment across the north of England, which will:

  • support economic growth and the Northern Powerhouse
  • support commuter travel into the major urban areas of the north
  • improve connections and journey times between key towns and cities.

What are the benefits?

  • It will provide faster journeys between Manchester Victoria and Bradford Interchange.
  • It will enable more trains to run across the network, supporting the ever-increasing demand for rail travel.
lne+em train passing through rochdale station

A new bay platform has been built at Rochdale station, providing a turn-back facility for services travelling from Manchester Victoria. This will enable more trains to run between the two stations in the future.

It will also mean that fewer trains are stationed in Manchester Victoria, releasing capacity on the network and keeping more passengers moving.

Track has also been remodelled around Rochdale station to connect the new bay platform to the network and allow faster services to pass through the station. This will contribute to a cut in journey times on the Calder Valley line.

Engineers are currently working non-disruptively to install remaining passenger facilities and lighting and the platform will be revealed to the public at the end of September.

Improving journey time between Manchester Victoria and Bradford Interchange

Between April and May this year we upgraded track and signalling between Manchester Victoria and Littleborough.

Over the next 18 months we will continue our upgrades between Littleborough and Bradford Interchange by renewing and lowering track and upgrading signalling.

Once complete, we will have upgraded over 19 miles of the Calder Valley route to allow faster trains to run on the network.