13th October 2011
Network Rail will be carrying out major engineering work from Saturday 22 October until Sunday 30 October inclusive, which means there will there be no trains running between Southport and Wigan / Bolton.
The £3.8million Network Rail project will improve reliability of the railway in and around Wigan. While work is being carried out trains can neither stop at or go through Wigan, meaning bus replacement services have been arranged to transport passengers from Southport and Kirkby to Wigan and Bolton.
Passengers should also be aware that on both weekends bus replacement services will be in operation on the Atherton line.
The work involves completely replacing eight sets of points, which are used to switch trains from one track to another, renewing 1,000 metres of railway line and moving the signalling and overhead power line equipment to match the new track layout.
Network Rail’s route director Jo Kaye explains: “We’ll be using some of the most modern equipment at our disposal. The new sets of points will be delivered to the worksites on tilting track trains. This saves time and is more cost effective because the points can be manufactured in advance and simply be delivered as required on trains that can carry them upright, then tilt over as they are lowered into position by crane. Even this process can be guided by lasers.”
Passengers should consult posters displayed and pick up a temporary timetable available at stations on these routes for information on how this will affect specific journeys. Alternatively click here for timetables.
We also ask passengers to be mindful that where bus replacements are in place, this will mean a longer journey time than normal.
We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause our customers throughout this time.