Monday 3 Feb 2003


Network Rail is to carry out a multimillion pound resignalling scheme within the Wigan Wallgate area, commencing March 2004. The scheme will consist of renewing miles of cabling and a number of signals to bring them up to modern day standards. The majority of the work is planned to take place over a nine-day period in March of next year. To allow the work to be carried out effectively, complete control of both the Wallgate  - Southport and Wallgate - Kirkby lines will have to be taken. It is thought, therefore, that no passenger trains will pass through Wigan Wallgate station during that time. However, it is too early for First North Western to say exactly what their plans are for any replacement bus services that will be needed.                                Further work will be carried out outside the nine-day period to complete both preparatory and post commissioning work, although details are not yet available.

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