Engineering between Preston and Bolton for six weeks, 19 July - 31 August 2014
*PROGRESS UPDATE 18 August 2014*
The latest report from Network Rail indicates that all work is progressing as planned with no delay. One half of the modifications in Chorley tunnel has been completed and work on the other half should be completed later this week.
All 16 of the Grade II listed 'Chorley Flying Arches' have now been reinstated.
The line between Preston and Chorley will be closed between Saturday 19 July and Sunday 31 August 2014 with limited services running between Chorley and Bolton.
This is the first of several major engineering work projects to enable the electrification of the line between Manchester and Preston (via Chorley) to proceed and will allow Network Rail engineers access to Chorley tunnel where significant work will take place.
How will these works affect the train service?
First TransPennine Express services:
During this period services between Manchester and Blackpool North / Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere will be forced to divert via alternative routes and will no longer call at Horwich Parkway, Chorley or Buckshaw Parkway.
Careful planning has been required to avoid impacting on those services already operating on these routes - as a result most services on the section between Bolton and Preston / Blackpool will operate to a revised timetable with many services towards Manchester departing EARLIER than normal.
Where it is has been possible a limited number of services will call at Leyland and / or Euxton Balshaw Lane.
Northern Rail services:
Monday to Friday - A reduced frequency train service will operate between Chorley and Manchester Victoria between 0659 and 1902 (Connections with services to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport will be available at Bolton). Replacement buses will be provided between Chorley and Preston calling at Buckshaw Parkway and Leyland connecting with the train service at Chorley.
Prior to 0659 and after 1902 buses will replace trains between Preston and Bolton via intermediate stations.
Weekends - Buses will replace trains between Preston and Bolton via all intermediate stations.
For further details of Northern Rail services please click here.