Major Transpennine route upgrade project to get underway in June

Major Transpennine route upgrade project to get underway in June

Work is due to begin on planned major upgrades at Morley station between 17-25 June Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), has confirmed. 

Over nine days, engineers working on the multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade will start to demolish the old platforms, construct new ones, realign tracks, activate a track turn-back allowing trains to turn around and recontrol the signals.

The work follows the improvements made in May to improve drainage and passenger access at the station, alongside further work at Batley station, which is just under five miles away.

The platform is to be completely remodelled, and moved 75 metres away from the tunnel entrance with the new platforms allowing longer trains with more capacity to be able to stop at Morley. It will also help engineers with overhead electric wires to be installed.

Significant work on the stations concourse including wayfinding technology and tactile paving.

For the majority of the nine days, railway diversionary routes as well as rail replacement buses will keep passengers moving, however, there will be significant impact over the first two days of the upgrades (17-18) as engineers complete additional work in Huddersfield, affecting the main diversionary route. During this time, no trains will run between Huddersfield and Leeds and all services will be replaced by buses.

Sarah Thompson, sponsor on TRU said: "we're really excited to start the next phase of upgrades at Morley which take us one step closer to a fully accessible station".

"However, for us to safely complete these upgrades, we do need to stop trains from running via their usual route, so I'd urge anybody travelling between 17-25 June to check ahead and plan their journey".

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