Stalybridge Test Train

First electric train completes test run between Manchester and Stalybridge

An electric train has travelled for the first time between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU)

Testing has been taking place of the new electrification equipment installed along the route as part of the multi-billion-pound upgrade to the line between Manchester and York, via Huddersfield and Leeds.


The successful test train run follows work completed by TRU last year, which included the installation of overhead line electrification between Manchester Victoria, Stalybridge and Guide Bridge stations, the replacement of track to allow trains to travel at faster speeds, 25 new signals for closer spacing of trains and a higher-speed railway junction at Stalybridge.


Electric trains are set to run between Manchester and Stalybridge from the end of 2024, bringing greener, faster and more reliable journeys to the route.


This will be the first section of the line to be electrified as part of the Tranpennine Route Upgrade, with the remainder of the route between Manchester and York set to be electrified at some point in the future.


Other upgrades include doubling the number of tracks between Huddersfield and Dewsbury to allow for greater capacity, meaning more seats for passengers and opportunities for increased freight.


Neil Holm, Managing Director of TRU said:

“This is a big achievement in our plans to bring cleaner, faster and better travel to the people of the North of England.”

“People can see that TRU is very much in the delivery phase now and the benefits of all our teams’ hard work is starting to show. I would like to thank passengers and local residents who have supported us throughout the ongoing work.”


Image Credit: Network Rail


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