Ashton-under-Lyne station reopened following 23 day closure to carry out essential work
Ashton-under-Lyne station reopened on Monday 31 July following the twenty three day closure to work to upgrade the railway. Network Rail thanked passengers and neighbours for their patience and understanding during the work.
The work that started on Saturday 8 July is part of the Great North Rail Project which will see over £1bn invested in the railway across the north as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.
Network Rail engineers worked round-the-clock over the last three weeks to rebuild the railway bridge over Turner Lane and replace and realign over two miles of track.
Nick Brown, Network Rail’s project manager, said: “The railway corridor on which Ashton station sits was narrow with many curves which restricted the speed that trains can travel. Replacing the bridge deck and realigning the track will result in smoother and straighter track meaning trains will be able to travel faster which, in the long run, means more frequent services on the route.
“I would like to thank passengers and local residents for their patience while we improve the railway in their area.”
This is part of a wider scheme on the line which will not only enable better journey times between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, but also allow the increase of services from May 2018.
This work is part of a wider scheme on the line which will not only enable better journey times between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, but also allow the increase of services from May 2018.
This time-lapse video shows the level and complexity of work that was carried out at the station.