Major Railway Work Completed in Manchester as Part of Transpennine Route Upgrade

Major railway upgrades have been completed between Manchester Victoria, Rochdale and Stalybridge by the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) West Alliance including Network Rail, Arup, Bam Nuttall and Amey.

Beam cutting on Dantzic St
Beam cutting on Dantzic St

The TRU is set to improve connectivity in the north of England by providing faster, more reliable rail services between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

Work took place from 31 July to 15 August to reconstruct railway bridges on Dantzic Street and Queens Road and strengthen and waterproof Bromley Street and Oldham Road bridges.

Over 3,000m of track was upgraded and track remodelled between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge and 17 new signals were also installed.

The newly renovated bridges now allow increased weight loading of more trains and the new and remodelled track will allow trains to run at faster speeds.

Neil Holm, Transpennine Route Upgrade Director for Network Rail, said:

“We've made major progress across Greater Manchester on this key part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. Our teams have worked around the clock over the past 16 days to improve journeys for passengers.

“As well as bringing more reliable services, this complex upgrade will eventually allow more trains and faster trains to run on the busy route between Manchester and York.”

Further work is scheduled for 22 August, Sundays throughout September and the weekend of 2-3 October, to make the final changes with less disruption to passengers.

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