Site of the new Morely station, via Network Rail

Morley upgrades spell nine days of passenger disruptions

Passengers who travel through Morley station will see disruptions to their journeys this January and February, due to a multi-million-pound investment transforming the infrastructure.

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) will have revolutionary effects to rail travel across the north of England through the delivery of a fully electrified railway between Manchester and York. Stations and track along the route will be improved, including various upgrades to bridges and level crossings where necessary. When complete, passengers will be able to enjoy faster, more frequent trains running along a cleaner, greener, more reliable railway.

Over a nine-day period these works, coming as part of the TRU, will lay the foundations for longer platforms, realignment of the tracks to support the faster train speeds and see important drainage works completed. To accommodate for the disruptions, bus replacement services will be available over the last weekend in January (28 and 29) and from 4 to 12 February 2022.

Hannah Lomas, Principal Programme Sponsor for Transpennine Route Upgrade said:

“This work is a key milestone for the Transpennine Route Upgrade and I’m looking forward to seeing the long term benefits it will offer passengers travelling between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

"Although no trains will run through the area while the work takes place, we have worked closely with our train operating colleagues to keep passengers moving, with diversions and rail replacement services in place.”

Morley station will be relocated approximately 75m away from its current placement to make the room for its elongated platforms. This improved spacing will allow for faster, more frequent and greener trains, improving the passenger experience through maximised line capacity and more available seating for those travelling between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

Rob Warnes, Strategic Development Director for Northern said:

“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience whilst Morley station is closed for this work. During this closure, the foundations are quite literally being laid to enable us to bring better train services and improved accessibility for everybody using the station. We’re working hard to keep everybody moving whilst the station is closed, with plenty of colleagues on hand to help throughout. Our advice to our customers is to check before they travel.”

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