Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
From January 2018, Network Rail’s Team Orange will be:
To allow for engineers to access the railway, sections will need to be closed during weekdays and weekends starting from 6 January 2018. This will affect journeys in and out of Manchester from destinations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxenholme, Penrith, Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool, Wigan, Chorley and Bolton. There will also likely be further closures when the work is being tested and trains are put in to service.
The work will mean major changes for customers travelling across the north west and into Scotland. Network Rail are currently working hard with train and freight operating companies to finalise full details and will provide further updates as soon as possible
Route managing director for Network Rail, Martin Frobisher, said: “The Great North Rail Project is a hugely ambitious and challenging programme of work and as with any major upgrades to the railway, there will be disruption to passengers. We do understand their frustration but once sections are completed, passengers across the region will feel the benefits.”
Liam Sumpter, regional director of Northern said: “This upgrade is a vital part of the modernisation of the railway in the north west and will pave the way for our timetable improvements in 2018 and beyond.
“We are working closely with our colleagues at Network Rail to minimise disruption to our customers during these works and to put plans in place to keep people in the area on the move.”
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express said: “This additional work will mean significant changes and disruption to our customers journeys on weekends in the New Year and into spring.
“The changes will affect our routes between Scotland and Manchester Airport and between Liverpool and Manchester. We are advising everyone to take the time to plan their journeys in advance which is important as the changes will differ across each weekend.”
Source:- Network Rail
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