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Important changes to services between Bolton and Preston

14th May 2014

Important changes to services between Bolton and Preston asset 1

This summer Network Rail will be undertaking the first of several major projects so that the electrification of the line between Manchester and Preston (via Chorley) can go ahead as planned.

Forming part of the £600m investment in the North West's railway infrastructure, the line between Chorley and the junction with the West Coast mainline at Euxton will be closed between Saturday 19 July and Sunday 31 August 2014 inclusive. The closure will allow Network Rail engineers access to Chorley tunnel where extensive works are needed to lower the track  to provide enough clearance to install the overhead power lines necessary for electric trains.

In addition to the tunnel work, several road bridges in the Chorley area will be rebuilt and it is planned to reinstate the Grade II listed 'Chorley Flying Arches' which were removed in the summer of 2008.

Once electrification of this route is complete (December 2016) quieter, greener, electric trains will be introduced which will mean faster journey times for our customers and will also provide a significant increase in the number of seats available on many services.

How will these works affect the train service? Click on the route for the amended timetable

Blackpool – Manchester Victoria

Manchester – Manchester Airport local stopping services

Manchester Airport – Southport and Kirkby

Preston – Blackpool

Bolton – Manchester

Northern services:

Monday to Friday - a reduced frequency train service will operate between Chorley and Manchester Victoria. Replacement buses will run between Chorley and Preston calling at Buckshaw Parkway and Leyland connecting with the train service at Chorley.

Weekends - replacement buses will be provided between Bolton and Preston calling at all intermediate stations.

If you are travelling between Manchester and Preston direct trains are available via Wigan.

Full details of the revised timetable will be available here shortly.

First TransPennine Express services:

During this period services between Manchester and Blackpool North / Barrow-in-Furness / Windermere will be diverted and will no longer be able to call at Horwich Parkway, Chorley or Buckshaw Parkway.

Careful planning has been required to avoid impacting on those services already operating on these routes - as a result most services on the section between Bolton and Preston / Blackpool will operate to a revised timetable with many services towards Manchester departing EARLIER than normal.

Where it is has been possible a limited number of services will call at Leyland and / or Euxton Balshaw Lane.

Find out about alternative services and plan your journey nationalrail.co.uk/


Meet the Manager events

We will be holding Meet the Manager events at stations on the route to answer any questions you may have about the work and the revised timetables. 

Bolton                         10/06/2014       0700-0900

Horwich Parkway         13/06/2014       0700-1000

Lostock Parkway         16/06/2014       0700-1000

Blackpool North           17/06/2014       0700-0900

Horwich Parkway         18/06/2014       1500-1800

Chorley                       27/06/2014       1500-1700

Bolton                         02/07/2014       1500-1700

Preston                       14/07/2014       0700-1000

Preston                       15/07/2014       1500-1800