Thursday 4 Jan 2018
Latest stage of signalling upgrade in West Yorkshire fast approaching
The latest work to upgrade signalling in Huddersfield and Dewsbury will take place later this month as part of the Great North Rail Project, with passengers advised to check before they travel.
On Saturday, 20 January and Sunday, 21 January, workers from Network Rail will carry out the next stage of the project, which will see old signalling technology ‘recontrolled’ from local lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. Once completed, passengers will see a more reliable and modern railway which will improve journeys across the north.
The work at Huddersfield and Dewsbury is part of a wider upgrade to the signalling in West Yorkshire, with further work to take place on the Calder Valley line later this year.
Due to the nature of the work, no trains are able to run in, out or through Huddersfield and Dewsbury stations. Bus replacement services will be in operation to keep passengers travelling between Leeds, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Halifax, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Stalybridge and Bradford on the move.
The work will mean changes to TransPennine Express services from Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Hull, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster and Cleethorpes and customers are urged to check before they travel.
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “This upgrade to the signalling system is a vital investment into the railway which will improve reliability and reduce the number of delays which passengers experience, as well as providing a more cost-effective railway for the taxpayer.
“There’s never an ideal time to work on the railway. I’d like to remind passengers to check before they travel and thank them for their patience whilst this work takes place. This investment will allow us to provide a more modern network fit to meet the needs of the economies and communities our railway serves, as well as providing a stepping stone towards future improvement projects, such as the Transpennine Route Upgrade.”
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express said: “On the 20 and 21 January 2018, we will be unable to operate any trains between Manchester and Leeds. Customers will be able to travel using Northern services on the Manchester Victoria to Leeds route and replacement buses will also be in operation.
“The essential work will also mean changes to our services from Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Hull, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster and Cleethorpes.
“No trains will be operating to or from Huddersfield or Dewsbury railway stations but the local team will still be on hand to provide help and support to customers.
“Customers are urged to allow extra time and check before they travel at: tpexpress.co.uk/changes or at nationalrail.co.uk.”
Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern said: “This work is a vital part of the Great North Rail Project which is modernising the railway across the north of England.
“We are working in partnership with colleagues at Network Rail and TransPennine Express to minimise disruption to our customers and have plans in place to keep people on the move during the weekend.”
Passengers are advised to plan their journeys in advance over the weekend at: tpexpress.co.uk/changes, northernrailway.co.uk or at nationalrail.co.uk
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.