Work has been completed to widen one bore of the Farnworth Tunnel in Lancashire, so that it can accommodate two rail tracks. It follows two weekends of engineering works during which specialist equipment was used to remove the temporary track layout that had been installed.
In the first week of February trains were able to travel through the rebuilt tunnel at the new maximum line speed of 75mph. Network Rail says that this will be raised to 100mph when the line is electrified.
Under Network Rail’s Enhancements Delivery Plan Update (RAIL 793), the electrification between Stalybridge, Manchester Victoria and Preston (which includes Farnworth Tunnel) is due to be completed by December 2017, a one-year delay on previous plans.
Watch the video of Farnworth Tunnel below.
- For more on this, read RAIL 794, published on February 17.