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18.07.13

Electrification reaches Eccles

Electrification as part of the Northern Hub has reached its first milestone, with work completed between Newton Le Willows and Castlefield Junction.

As part of a £400m Network Rail programme, the track upgrade will allow new electric trains to be introduced between Manchester Airport and Scotland from December.

Speaking during a short ceremony to mark the completion of the work at Eccles Station, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The Government is committing record amounts of investment into transforming the rail network and it is great to see this work happening right now.

“Electrification of these routes will significantly improve connections between our major towns and cities, boosting the economy and providing passengers with quicker, cleaner and more frequent services.”

(Image copyright Department for Transport)

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Nick Andrews   19/07/2013 at 22:01

What tosh. Work is NOT completed between Newton Le Willows and Castlefield Junction. Not all the wires are up yet and the short circuit tests are not due until the end of the month. RTM lets report the actual news, not just press release propoganda.

Nonsuchmike   26/07/2013 at 17:16

The press release does NOT say that ALL the work has been completed. It also says December; we infer 2013; it may mean December 2014, or 2015. As is usual with this sort of thing, they sell the sizzle, but are remarkably short on actual sausage.

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