Transpennine upgrade to start

Passengers in the Manchester area are being reminded to check for possible disruption as the Transpennine Route Upgrade gets under way. 

The £906 million scheme is to include bridge replacement and track relaying (RAIL 935). Work starts on July 31 and (in various forms) will run through August.

“Some of our services will be diverted and customers may have to change trains in Manchester, so we would advise those travelling to check before they travel,” said TransPennine Express Customer Experience Director Kathryn O’Brien.

“To help with those affected, there will be more railway colleagues at stations to help people get to where they need to be.”

Changes include diversion of Liverpool Lime Street-Newcastle and Manchester-Leeds/York/Hull/Redcar services, while some trains will be replaced by buses. Road closures and revisions to Metrolink services are also planned.


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