Wigan to Bolton Electrification Gets the Go-Ahead

The British government has given the go-ahead for the electrification of almost 13 miles of track between Wigan and Bolton.

78 million GBP will be invested in the project, which will also include lengthening platforms. As a result, longer electric trains will be able to run on the line, increasing capacity and cutting carbon emissions. The project is due to be completed by 2025.

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said he was “delighted” to be giving the go-ahead for this project.

The works will see the installation of 450 new overhead line equipment stanchions and alterations to 17 bridges and two level crossings. Hindley, Westhoughton and Ince stations will also have their platforms lengthened so they will be able to accommodate six-car trains in the future.

Phil James, North West route director at Network Rail, said:

“This environmentally and passenger-centric scheme will be a game changer for Greater Manchester’s railway as more electric trains mean better air quality, less railway noise and more reliable and spacious journeys for rail travellers.”

Network Rail engineers will begin work on the ground in autumn 2022.

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