Upgrading one of the North West's busiest routes to prepare for faster trains with more space for passengers.

What's happening?

We've very nearly finished upgrading the railway between Manchester to Preston via Bolton as part of our multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project, which has helped to enable greener and quieter journeys.

We're grateful to residents and passengers for their ongoing patience while we build a better railway in the North west. A huge amount of work has been carried out on the route between Manchester and Preston – to date, over 20 bridges have been reconstructed to make space for new overhead equipment.

Work to install all 1,659 foundations has now been completed, and the remaining steel masts and wiring have been installed to allow more modern electric trains to run.

Completing the finishing touches between Manchester and Preston

The finishing touches are underway. Our works involve installing safety screening next to new electrical equipment, as well as clearing and demobilising some of our compounds and access points. For the remainder of the project, we will mainly be using access points at Alker Lane, Lostock station and Church Road in Farnworth.

Although noise levels are dependent on the distance of homes from the railway, residents in these areas may experience some disturbance whilst this work takes place. We're really sorry for any disturbance caused and will do everything we can to keep noise to a minimum.