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Manchester signalling upgrade completed over Jubilee weekend


Although Network Rail kept its traditional Bank Holiday work to a minimum over the Jubilee weekend, some did still take place.

One of the more significant projects was the transfer of signalling equipment from the 132-year-old signal box near Philips Park to Manchester’s state-of-the-art rail operating centre.

Aerial shot railway work near Manchester Victoria.

This work formed part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade scheme, which will bring faster, more reliable services for passengers travelling between York, Leeds and Manchester.

Over several weekends, engineers working in central Manchester also installed: 

  • 29 new signals;
  • 4,000 metres of new track;
  • 2,800 metres of electric traction power cables. 
Neil Holm, Network Rail.

Neil Holm, Transpennine Route Upgrade Director for Network Rail, explained: “This major 21st century signalling overhaul will unlock more reliable journeys for rail passengers in Manchester, as well as the potential for faster trains in the future.”

Work continues over weekends between Manchester and Stalybridge to upgrade track and install overhead line equipment.


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