Improving services at Bolton station

Faster direct links to cities and towns across the north of England are coming.

What's happening at Bolton? 

We are electrifying the route between Manchester and Preston via Bolton, paving the way for faster, more spacious trains.

We’ve got work taking place at Bolton station from Saturday 12 until Sunday 27 August 2017 to get the tracks, platforms and canopies ready for faster, more frequent and spacious electric train services.

Keeping you moving

Most of the work was carried out during the night and at weekends over the summer and we would like to thank passengers for their patience.  

For 16 days between Saturday 12 August and Sunday 27 August 2017, our orange army will continue work to upgrade Bolton station in time for electric trains to run.

This work will involve reinstating platform 5, which has been out of use since the early 1990s, modifying existing platforms and canopies as well as remodelling track, upgrading signalling, installing overhead line equipment and building a new footbridge.

Our improvement work has been planned to cause as little disruption on the railway as possible and we are committed to keeping passengers moving.

As a result of the work, the majority of train services will not run in or out of Bolton until the first service on Monday 28 August 2017. However, trains will still run from Bolton to Blackburn and Clitheroe during weekdays.

Passengers are urged to plan ahead and check their journey on the National Rail Enquiries website before they travel. Bus replacement services will be running – details of services are available at National Rail Enquiries.

We are working closely with Northern to keep passengers informed about changes to train services.

Being a considerate neighbour  

Some of the work required to electrify the railway can be disruptive to local residents and businesses. 

For safety reasons, most of the work must be carried out during weekends and at night when trains are not running.