A new £46 million depot at Wigan Springs Branch was officially launched on February 7.
Northern has been using the depot since December, with 20 jobs created. It is used to stable and maintain 24 electric multiple units and eight diesel multiple units. There is also a facility to wash and refuel trains.
The project involved 2,500 metres of new track, 46 new pylons and 2,650 metres of new overhead line electrification. Five servicing platforms have been built along with 1,000 metres of staff walkways.
Network Rail is also planning to redevelop Platforms 2 and 3 at Wigan North Western, to enable more trains to stable at Springs Branch by allowing them to turn back at the station.