Network Rail electrifying key rail routes across the North West
This weekend sees the first phase of a long, series of works for a fully electrified rail route between Preston and Blackpool, connecting the area to the west coast main line.
To prepare for electrification between Preston and Blackpool a series of bridges need to be replaced or upgraded including safety work to parapets and there will be short term disruption while this work is carried out. Overhead line equipment on this route will be installed in 2014/15/16
One of the first bridges to undergo re-construction is at Wellfield Road in Ashton, Preston. This weekend, Saturday 24 November to Monday 26 November the bridge will be closed all traffic, including pedestrians. Although vehicles have been diverted to avoid the upgrading for a couple of weeks now, the whole area is off limits while essential work is completed.
There will be further road closures in Preston at:
• Wellfield Road, PR2 2QH: from now to 19 Feb ’13
• Darkinson Lane, PR4 0RE: now to 21 Dec ’12
• Lea Lane, PR4 0RN: Oct to Dec ’13 (dates tbc)
Network Rail are working closely with Lancashire County Council to agree diversionary routes and undertake traffic impact assessments at busy locations.
Network Rail are currently at the planning stages for the Manchester to Preston lines which should be fully electrified by December 2016.
Train services are largely unaffected during the duration of the work but there will be some
weekends where no train services will be in operation between Preston and Blackpool North, Check the Network Rail site for affected weekends.
Electrification will make journeys faster, quieter and more reliable. The investment will improve travel between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool and, in conjunction with the Northern Hub, will enable more trains with additional seats to run. Which can only be good news.
Any questions contact the 24 hour National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41 quoting the project code NWELEC. Information is also available at networkrail.co.uk/electrification