Residents invited to drop-in event to find out more about upgrades to Preston-Manchester line
Route: London North Western
Residents in Lancashire and Greater Manchester are invited to drop-in events in March and April to find out more about work to be carried out to electrify the line between Preston and Manchester.
As part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North Rail Project, work is intensifying to complete the upgrade and electrification work between Manchester and Preston via Bolton. For safety reasons some work will be carried out at night time when trains aren’t running, this includes noisy piling work to install foundations, as well as the steel masts which will carry electric wires to power greener and quieter electric trains from December 2017.
Noel Connolly, head of programme management for Network rail said: “This work forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will deliver better, greener and more efficient services for passengers in the north.
"I appreciate that the work could be disruptive, so I’d like to thank local residents for their patience while we carry this out. We will take all possible measures to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.”
Local residents along the route are invited to 10 drop-in events along the route where Network Rail staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide more detail on the working being carried out.
The drop-in events will be held at the following locations:
Tuesday 21 March 4-7pm
Wednesday 22 March 4-7pm
Thursday 23 March 4-7pm
Tuesday 28 March 4-7pm
Wednesday 29 March 4-7pm
Monday 3 April 4-7pm
Tuesday 4 April 4-7pm
Residents who would like additional information can call Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114141.
Passengers / community members Network Rail national helpline 03457 11 41 41
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