UK: Transpennine Route Upgrade Work Continues in Manchester Area

Network Rail is continuing major railway upgrades between Manchester and Stalybridge as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU).

Engineers carrying out major rail upgrades between Manchester and Stalybridge
Engineers carrying out major rail upgrades between Manchester and Stalybridge

This section of the upgrade project will support faster, more frequent trains between York and Manchester via Leeds and Huddersfield.

Over the next few months Network Rail will install new trackside columns ready for future electric wiring, renew one mile of track and upgrade the signalling equipment.

In addition, two bridges in Ashton-under-Lyne will be raised in order to allow electric wiring to pass beneath them.

In order to safely carry out the work, sections of the railway will need to be closed over weekends in February, March, April and May. Further work is scheduled for later in the year.

While works is underway replacement buses and diversions will be put in place.

Hannah Lomas, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said:

“These major upgrades will bring us another step closer to delivering a fully electrified, more modern railway for the future…that will bring passengers more frequent, faster, greener trains.

“We’ve worked closely with our train operating colleagues to make sure passengers can still travel to wherever they’re headed, and I’d advise anyone wishing to travel to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey.”

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