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Trains running again between Bolton and Manchester after bridge collapse

Trains have today started running again between Bolton and Manchester after services had been suspended on the line for a number of weeks.

Initially, the line was closed during a Network Rail possession to improve the route ahead of electrification. This work at Bolton station, which included remodelling of the tracks, station platforms and signalling systems, was completed on time.

But following a burst water main at Moses Gate station, it was announced that trains would not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ and the line would remain partially shut until October.

However, after a carefully executed repair programme and round-the-clock working, the line has reopened today. Moses Gate station will be closed until later in the week while work continues to complete upgrades as part of the electrification of the line.

Moses Gate station work

Network Rail’s Andy Morgan stated that repairing the water-damaged bridge has been a complex engineering challenge which included rebuilding a large section of wall which supports the bridge.

“Thankfully we have been able to fast track some of the work so Northern can run a full train service again from Wednesday 6 September,” he said.

“We continue to work with Bolton Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and United Utilities to safely finish the repairs and I thank passengers and local people for their ongoing patience.”

Moses gate bridge

Work to stabilise the embankment and complete repairs to the bridge will continue at Moses Gate. Although a completion date for work to the road is yet to be confirmed, it is expected reopen within the original six-week estimate.

Liam Sumpter, Northern regional director, said: “We want to thank all of our customers for their help and understanding as we’ve worked through the challenges of the Moses Gate situation.”

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Mikeb   06/09/2017 at 15:56

Can anyone provide an update of the electrification work on this line, as Network Rail have been rather quiet of late with regard to the expected completion date? Particularly, as more has been said with regard to the work on the both lines from Preston to Blackpool.

Lee   07/09/2017 at 07:52

Mikeb. I travel on the route every day. Most of the OHLE mast bases are now in position along the route, with catenary support masts erected between Manchester Victoria and Pendleton. More masts have been erected between Farnworth and Bolton. Further masts are in place between Lostock and Euxton Junction with wiring now in place at Euxton junction, but not connected to the WCML. Interestingly, no masts have been erected at any of the stations except Moses Gate and on the passing loop and adjacent platform track at Salford Crescent stations. I have noticed most of the erected masts now have catenary support arms but as yet no wiring has been put in place except at Euxton junction. It is also interesting to note that comparatively little work seems to have been done between Farnworth Tunnel and Pendleton, though there has been drainage works going on in the Kersley Country Park area. Despite the recent blockade of Bolton station for two weeks, there dosen't appear to have been much if any electrification work done, Platform 3 has received new edging and surfacing, nothing appears to have happened to Platform 4 and Platform 5 has been reinstated but not completed, trains are now using this platform. I understood the platform canopies were being cut back to provide clearance for OHLE but this dosen't seem to have happened yet and no mast bases have been placed. Sorry for the wordy response, based on observations only, no doubt someone in the industry will know more.

Andrew Gwilt   09/09/2017 at 01:17

So it looks like the electrification has been postponed until this gets sorted then the electrification can continue and could be completed early next year or possibly in April next year.

Ryan   09/09/2017 at 10:43

Andrew, the line has been reopened. The article specifically states that electrification works have recommenced.

Andrew Gwilt   09/09/2017 at 14:32

Well in that case. Thanks for clarifying it

Roger, Sheffield & Glossop   11/09/2017 at 12:23

Any chance of NR billing United Utilities over this lot? With the number of bursts & dug up roads, their assets seem to be creaking.

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