Wednesday 9 Aug 2017
Passengers reminded to check before they travel this Saturday as 16 days of intensive work starts at Bolton station
- London North Western
As work continues to provide a better railway between Manchester and Preston, Bolton passengers are being reminded of changes to train services over the next few weeks.
For 16 days between Saturday 12 August and Sunday 27 August 2017, Network Rail’s orange army will continue work to upgrade the railway through Bolton in preparation for electric trains running on the line.
As a result, the majority of train services will not run in or out of Bolton until the first service on Monday 28 August 2017. However, trains will still run from Bolton to Blackburn and Clitheroe during weekdays and bus replacements will also be in use. Passengers are being urged to plan their journey ahead and check before they travel on www.nationalrail.co.uk.
The upgrade forms part of the £1bn+ Great North Rail Project which will see faster, electric trains between Manchester and Preston.
Mark Killick, chief operating officer for Network Rail, said: “These essential improvements will ensure the station is fit for use for many years to come as the demand on train services increase. The work will allow more trains to run between Manchester and Preston, enabling faster and more frequent journeys for passengers in Bolton.
“I understand the work will cause disruption for some people and I apologise but in the long term, the enhancement of the station will improve the passenger experience.”
Liam Sumpter, regional director for Northern, comments: “Great improvements are coming for our customers in the north west, and particularly those travelling through Bolton, with quicker journeys, longer trains and more frequent services. Before we can deliver that, essential large scale engineering work has to take place and we thank our customers for their patience while this happens.”
Work taking place includes: restoring an unused platform, modifying existing platforms and canopies as well as remodelling track, upgrading signalling and installing overhead line equipment.
Passengers can plan their journey and check before they travel at www.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.