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Great North Rail Project Update 30

The GNRP electrification of the Manchester to Preston railway continues with wire runs and cantilever installations.

This week Network Rail’s orange army activities included six wire runs, installation of 50 cantilevers that carry the supports for the wiring and 408 small steel parts.

Work continues during mid-week overnight shifts and at weekends to complete the project.

With all foundations done and steel mast-fitting almost complete, Network Rail were busy installing overhead wires on the Yarrow viaduct in Chorley last weekend.

Also this weekend, the orange army lengthened platform one at Lostock station near Bolton. This is to ensure that longer, taller, wider trains can pass safely along the route in the future.

To complete the upgrade of the Manchester to Preston railway:

+  work will continue mid-week during overnight shifts and every weekend until Sunday 4th November 2018;

+  A nine-day closure of the railway between Preston & Manchester, and Bolton & Manchester, are also needed. This will take place from Saturday 25th August until Sunday 2nd September 2018, when buses will replace train services.

During this time train services from Wigan Wallgate, Ince, Hindley, Daisy Hill, Hag Fold, Atherton, Walkden, Moorside, Swinton, Salford Crescent and Salford Central wil lstill have a train service in and out of Manchester from Tuesday 28th August until Friday 31st August 2018.

Clitheroe Line trains will run direct to/from Manchester via Todmorden & Rochdale.

Limited peak hour services will operate between Euxton Balshaw Lane and Central Manchester from Tiesday 28th August until Friday 31st August with connecting rail replacement busues to/from Buckshaw Parkway and Chorley.

Passengers are urged to check before you travel with on-line sites such as www.nationalrail.co.uk.