Improving services at Chorley station

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

What's happening at Chorley? 

We are electrifying the route between Manchester and Preston via Bolton, paving the way for faster, more spacious trains from December 2017.

The tracks near Chorley station have been lowered so that new overhead line equipment required to power electric trains can fit under nearby bridges. To enable this work, a 450m retaining wall was installed to support the railway.

Both subway roofs at the station were replaced in August to support an increase in weight when faster electric trains run on the route from December 2017.

The track needs to be realigned through the station so that faster trains can pass each other. To make this possible, we need to rebuild both platforms at Chorley Station.

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.  

A temporary platform for passengers travelling towards Preston will remain in operation until we have completed work to rebuild platform 1. 

Platform 2 is being rebuilt in sections and will remain in use throughout the work.  

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. 

Find out more

Download a copy of our Improving Services at Chorley leaflet or pick one up at Chorley station.

For information about train services, please visit National Rail Enquiries.