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Manchester to Preston improvements

We're upgrading one of the North West's busiest routes, paving the way for faster trains with more space for passengers



What's happening?

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.

Chorley station improvements

We're improving the railway at Chorley station to get the track and platforms ready for faster electric trains.

Read more at our dedicated page for Chorley station.

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.

Details of upcoming events are listed below:

Tuesday 21 March 16:00-19:00 at Adlington Cricket Club, Huyton Road, Adlington, CHORLEY, Lancashire, PR7 4HD

Wednesday 22 March 16:00-19:00 at The Hub@Buckshaw, The Hub, Unity Place, Buckshaw Village, CHORLEY, Lancashire, PR7 7HZ

Thursday 23 March 16:00-19:00 at St Josephs Parish Centre, Harpers Lane, CHORLEY, Lancashire, PR6 0HR

Tuesday 28 March 16:00-19:00 at Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest Road, BOLTON, Greater Manchester, BL6 4EL

Wednesday 29 March 16:00-19:00 at Railway Club, Green Lane, BOLTON, Greater Manchester, BL3 2LY

Monday 3 April 16:00-19:00 at St Thomas Church, Delamere Avenue, Clifton Green, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester, M27 8GL

Tuesday 4 April 16:00-19:00 at Farnworth Baptist Church, The Well, Trafford Street, Farnworth, BOLTON, Greater Manchester, BL4 7PQ

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.