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During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday, train services around Manchester will be severely disrupted.
A 132-year-old signal box near Philips Park will be removed, with control of the signalling equipment moving to Manchester’s state-of-the-art rail operating centre.
As part of the signalling upgrade, 29 new signals will be installed. Network Rail will also replace nearly 4 km of track and secure over 2.8 km of overhead wires.
Over 450 engineers will work around the clock from Thursday, 2nd June, ready for the railway to reopen on Monday, 6th June. People needing to travel between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge during this time should plan ahead and check their journey with National Rail Enquiries.
Previous track work taking place as part of the project. Credit: Network Rail.
Thursday, 2nd June
Friday, 3rd June
Friday, 3rd, and Saturday, 4th June
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Friday, 3rd until Sunday, 5th June
Trackwork taking place. Credit: Network Rail.
Neil Holm, Transpennine Route Upgrade Director for Network Rail, said:
“This major investment will unlock more reliable journeys for rail passengers in Manchester, as well as the potential for faster trains in the future.
“I know that people will be travelling across the country to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so I’m sorry if our work impacts their plans. We’ve worked with our train operating partners to plan alternative routes and bus replacements to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said:
“This is another key step for the rail industry towards delivering a railway fit for the 21st Century and the work over the Jubilee Bank Holiday will help deliver better reliability for our customers.
“Due to the major engineering work taking place, there will be a number of service alterations for TransPennine Express services. Our customers are advised to allow for additional time for journeys and to check carefully for the latest advice before they travel. Ongoing strike action by the RMT union will also affect services on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, and we are urging people to avoid travelling on our services on those dates and to travel either side of the weekend instead.”
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said:
“This is another big milestone for the improvement of the railway in the north. Alongside this there are other projects taking place over the extended weekend and with large events and potentially nice weather taking place, we urge customers to check before they travel so they can plan their route.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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