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Over the recent Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, 450 railway engineers completed a major project to transfer signalling equipment to Manchester’s state-of-the-art rail operating centre.
The work forms part of the Transpennine Route, which will bring faster and more reliable services between York, Leeds, and Manchester. Work over the bank holiday moved equipment from the 132-year-old signal box near Philips Park.
As part of wider improvements in central Manchester, engineers working over several weekends also installed:
Work is to continue over future weekends between Manchester and Stalybridge to upgrade track and install overhead line equipment. Passengers should check before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.
Workstation at Manchester Rail Operating Centre. Credit: Network Rail.
Northern trains between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge will be replaced by buses every Saturday and Sunday until 31st July. On the same dates, TransPennine Express trains to Manchester Victoria will be diverted to Manchester Piccadilly.
Other TransPennine Express changes to services are as follows:
New signal installed near Manchester Victoria. Credit: Network Rail
Neil Holm, Transpennine Route Upgrade Director for Network Rail, said:
“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.
“I want to say a big thank you to passengers for using alternative travel methods to travel in and out of Manchester while this essential work took place.”
Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said:
“The work over the Jubilee weekend was another key milestone in the Transpennine Route Upgrade; delivering a railway fit for the 21st Century.
“I would like to thank customers for their cooperation whilst the important work took place.”
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said:
“This was another big milestone for the railway in the north and we’re grateful for the patience of our customers who found alternative arrangements over the weekend”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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