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We’re improving the railway between Manchester and Stalybridge  

Aerial view of concrete beam being lifted in, Queens Road
Queens Road track work
Aerial view of railway bridge at Dantzic Street
Dantzic Street bridge reconstruction

We’re working to upgrade the railway between Manchester Victoria, Rochdale, and Stalybridge. This will provide railway passengers in Greater Manchester with faster, more frequent, and more reliable trains in the future.

This webpage will continue to provide you with updates of the work taking place between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Sheet Piling and Temporary Compound at Sunnyside Lane

We will be working over the next few months to replace the road bridge at Sunnyside Lane, to allow the installation of Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), so that it can safely run underneath the bridge structure. In order to carry out the work, our teams will need to set up a temporary compound next to the road bridge for four months to support this activity, as well as carrying out some sheet piling near to the bridge to stabilise the embankment.

The temporary compound will be active from 4 October 2021 – 31 January 2022 (maximum duration of 4 months). Sheet Piling will also be taking place on the embankments either side of the track next to the road bridge at Sunnyside Lane, during the following times:

Virtual community event

To find out more about the work and ask any questions, we would like to invite members of the community to a ‘Virtual Community Event’

18:00 – 19:00 on Thursday 23 September 2021.

To join the event, please type: into your web browser bar at the event start time.

To find out more, view our most recent resident letter (September 2021)

Ongoing Overhead Lane Electrification (OLE) Piling Work

We are also continuing to carry out OLE piling work between Manchester and Stalybridge. To make sure you are aware of any overnight piling work taking place near you, we have set up a designated dashboard that you can access here.

Changes to Passenger Services

Further work will take place, as planned, on Sundays throughout September, and the weekend of 2 and 3 October, to make the final changes with less disruption to passengers.  

All TransPennine Express (TPE) services will again be diverted into Manchester Piccadilly, with TPE services between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool being operated by rail replacement buses on Sundays. Buses will also replace Northern services between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria calling at Ashton-under-Lyne. 

Please continue to check before you travel and plan your journey in advance.

Completed work

Better, faster journeys 

The work carried out is essential to enable more trains and faster trains to run in future. The newly renovated bridges now allow increased weight loading of more trains and new and remodelled track will allow trains to run at faster speeds.

This milestone is a crucial part of the multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade. This major railway upgrade programme will improve connectivity in the North of England by providing faster, more reliable services for passengers travelling between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

Contact us

For more information on our proposals you can email us at:

You can also visit our contact us page or call our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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