We're upgrading one of the North West's busiest routes, paving the way for faster trains with more space for passengers
We are upgrading the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton as part of a £1bn+ investment in the North to deliver faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys from December 2017.
Keeping you informed
From early 2016 work will commence to install new equipment on the railway that will power electric trains.
For safety reasons and as part of our commitment to cause as little disruption to passengers as possible, much of this improvement work will be carried out during the night when trains are not in operation.
However, we will need to close the railway on some weekends to complete some of the upgrade work. We are working closely with the train operators and will publicise changes to train services in advance.
Please check this website for all the latest details. For information about train services, please visit National Rail Enquiries.
Weekends from 21 January to 5 March 2017
Over seven miles of track is being replaced and realigned between Manchester and Preston to help speed up train journeys. As part of this work – over six weekends – tracks will be replaced in the Chorley, Adlington, Blackrod and Horwich areas.
This essential engineering work will affect passengers travelling between Preston and Bolton, with no trains running between these stations at weekends from Saturday 21 January to Sunday 5 March (with the exception of 18/19 February, when trains will run as normal).
Keeping you moving
Our improvement work has been planned to cause as little disruption on the railway as possible and we are committed to keeping passengers moving.
While the railway is temporarily closed, bus replacement services will be in operation. Details of the bus replacement services are available on the National Rail Enquiries website.
We are working closely with Northern to keep passengers informed about changes to train services. Please check before you travel at National Rail Enquiries.
Being a considerate neighbour
Some of the work required to electrify the railway can be disruptive to local residents and businesses.
We will be holding information events at various locations along the route, giving our neighbours the opportunity to meet our project team and to find out about the next phase of work.
Throughout the project we will be writing to our neighbours with details of where and when we will be working.
Download our leaflet to find out more about electrification in the North West.