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Transpennine upgrade hits a new milestone


An important part of the Transpennine Route upgrade has been completed – with lines fully reopening between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale, and Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

The work, to reconstruct railway bridges on Dantzic Street and Queens Road and strengthen and waterproof Bromley Street and Oldham Road bridges, took 16 days.

More than 3, 000 metres of track was upgraded and remodelled between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, and 17 new signals were installed.

Beam cutting on Dantzic Street.

The work is being carried out to enable a faster service with trains being able to carry more weight.

Further work takes place as planned on Sunday 22 August, Sundays throughout September, and the weekend of 2 and 3 October.

During the work, all TransPennine Express (TPE) services will again be diverted into Manchester Piccadilly, with TPE services between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool being operated by rail replacement buses on Sundays. Buses will also replace Northern services between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria calling at Ashton-under-Lyne.

Aerial view of work on Dantzig Street bridge.

The bridge upgrades are a milestone in the multi-billion-pound Transpennine route upgrade. This programme will improve connectivity in the north of England by providing faster, more reliable services for passengers between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds, and York.

Neil Holm, Network Rail.

Transpennine route upgrade director for Network Rail, Neil Holm, said: “We’ve made major progress across Greater Manchester on this key part of the Transpennine route upgrade. Our teams have worked around the clock over the past 16 days to improve journeys for passengers.

“As well as bringing more reliable services, this complex upgrade will eventually allow more trains and faster trains to run on the busy route between Manchester and York.

“We carefully planned the work to keep passengers moving during the upgrade. I want to say a big thank you to passengers for their patience while the improvements took place.”


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