Stalybridge station is set to receive a ‘once-in-a-generation’ package of engineering works, providing key infrastructural upgrades to support the Transpennine Route Upgrade, in what Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, described as “vital step towards delivering faster, more reliable and sustainable services between Manchester and York.”
Throughout a 26-day period, the station will see a complete remodelling of the approaching tracks, with two extra kilometres of new track being installed, accompanied with 23 new signals, 13 upgraded crossovers and line equipment fitted.
Due to the size and length of this works scheme, passenger services will see a prolonged period of disruptions, meaning from Saturday 11th March to Wednesday 5th April, there will be some changes to services. There will still be live services running between Manchester and Leeds via the Calder Valley route, and services between Huddersfield and Leeds will continue as normal.
Additional preparation work will also take place before and after the 26 days, including on 18/19 February, 25/26 February, 4/5 March, 15/16 April, 22/23 April, 29/30 April and 20/21 May.
Replacement buses will also keep passengers moving between Manchester (including Manchester Airport) and Huddersfield and between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.
Hannah Lomas, Industry Programme Director for Transpennine Route Upgrade said:
“Over the 26-days, our engineers will work around the clock to complete these key upgrades in Stalybridge, bringing us one step closer to being able to run electric trains through the area by the middle of the decade.
"To complete it safely, it does mean some passengers will be impacted between February and May. We’ve worked closely with TransPennine Express and Northern to keep passengers moving via both diversionary routes and rail replacement buses.
"We’re encouraging anyone that’s planning on travelling during the main upgrades or preparation weekends to visit National Rail or their train operator's website to plan their journey."
Upon culmination, these works will provide passengers in the Tameside area with improved service reliability, greener journeys and maximised line capacity through faster trains.
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