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Preston to Blackpool train passengers warned of delays

Posted on - 28th September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Transport
A Northern train service at Preston Station Pic: darrener24d

A Northern train service at Preston Station Pic: darrener24d

Passengers using trains between Preston and Blackpool are being warned of disruption.

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Work to electrify the railway between the two stations is beginning in October.

More than 18 months of engineering works are to take place on the line.

It means replacement bus services on early-morning and late-night services, and some changes to London Euston bound services.

Programme manager for Network Rail Alison Rowley said: “We are working closely with Northern and Virgin Trains to minimise the disruption to passengers and raise awareness of these changes to morning and evening train services between Preston and Blackpool.

“There is never a good time to affect journeys but we have planned the work to affect the least amount of passengers for the shortest amount of time. This is essential work and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their understanding.

“The upgrade and wider investment will result in a better and more reliable railway that will serve passengers for many decades to come and help boost the economy across the north of England.”

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The work on the latest part of a £1 billion upgrade of the rail lines begins on Monday 3 October and lasts until May 2018.

Regional Director of Northern Sharon Keith said: “This essential upgrade of the route between Preston and Blackpool is key to help us develop better journeys for our customers. Our advice is to remind customers to check before they travel and we’d like to thank customers in advance for their patience while we work together to improve services.”

What’s happening and when

In the mornings bus replacement services will be in operation until the 05.39 train from Blackpool (Tuesday – Friday).

In the evenings bus replacement services will be in operation after the 22.45 train from Blackpool and the 22.19 train service from Preston (Monday – Thursday).

From Tuesday 4 October a rail replacement service from Blackpool North – Preston will be in place for the 05:21 Blackpool North – London Euston service every Tuesday – Friday until Friday, 9 December 2016.
The rail replacement service will depart from Blackpool North at 04:57, calling at Poulton-Le-Fylde and Kirkham & Wesham before arriving into Preston at 05:52.
The 06:00 service from Preston will arrive into London Euston at 08:34 – the same time as the direct Blackpool service is scheduled to arrive.
The 16:33 London Euston – Blackpool North service will operate as normal.

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