Preston to Blackpool North

Transforming’s Blackpool railway – we’re enabling greener, quieter and more reliable journeys for passengers


Preston to Blackpool drainage improvements to be completed in the New Year

Passengers are being advised to plan their journeys and check before they travel as the final phase of drainage improvements between Preston and Blackpool gets under way in January.

Keeping you moving

The railway between Preston and Blackpool will be closed for seven consecutive Sundays from 6 January 2019. This means buses will replace trains between Preston and both Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at and


Being a considerate neighbour

Disruptions may include:

  • Noise from engineering trains and railway vehicles.
  • Temporary flood lighting and head torches.
  • Safety alarm sounds to indicate reversing vehicles.
  • Engineering work including digging, moving railway stone and other heavy materials.

We have written to our lineside neighbours about these works and will continue to keep them informed.

overhead works on the Blackpool North line

In 2018 we completed our project to upgrade and electrify Blackpool’s railway, enabling electric trains to run between Preston and Blackpool North

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Kirkham & Wesham station benefits from step-free access to all platforms

As part of the multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project, Kirkham & Wesham station has been transformed with a new platform, footbridge and lifts.

The work - which included rebuilding the existing platforms - has been delivered alongside our upgrade of Blackpool’s railway which has enabled the introduction of greener, quieter and more modern electric trains on the route.

The accessibility improvements we have made will not only benefit disabled people or those with reduced mobility, but also those with children, heavy luggage or shopping.

If you have any questions about our Great North Rail Project please contact our 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41