Monday 16 Oct 2017
Passengers and railway neighbours invited to find out more about upgrades between Blackpool and Preston
- London North Western
Residents living near the railway and passengers who travel between Blackpool and Preston are being invited to find out more about the next phase of upgrade work at two drop in events.
As part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North Rail Project and national Railway Upgrade Plan, work continues to upgrade and electrify the railway between Preston and Blackpool which will provide passengers with a better, greener and more reliable railway.
Residents and passengers will have the opportunity to find out more and ask the project team questions at:
St Walburges Church Hall, Weston St, Preston PR2 2QE on Tuesday 24 October 16.00-19.00
Blackpool North station, Talbot Road, Blackpool, FY1 2AB on Monday 30 October 14.00-18.00
Noel Connolly, head of programme management for Network Rail, said: “This work forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will deliver better, greener and more efficient services for passengers in the north.
"I appreciate that the work could be disruptive and this drop in is a time to find out more and ask us any questions about the work and the benefits. I’d like to thank local residents for their patience while we carry this out and assure them we will take all possible measures to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.”
For safety reasons some of the work - which includes piling work to install foundations and the steel masts which will power electric trains - has to be carried out at night when trains aren’t running.
From 11 November Network Rail is embarking on 19 weeks of work which will affect travel to and from the seaside town.
During this time, engineers will carry out vital upgrades to track and platforms at Blackpool North and Kirkham & Wesham stations. We are also upgrading the signalling system on both lines to Blackpool which includes installing 84 new modern signals which will help to make journeys more reliable.
For Network Rail to do this work sections of the railway will need to close to Northern train services. Buses will replace trains during these closures.
To find out more about this work please visit our website at www.networkrail.co.uk/blackpool. Any residents who cannot make the drop in and have any questions can call our 24 hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
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.