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Network Rail to carry out major improvement works in Manchester

As part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), Network Rail engineers are set to undertake an intensive two-week period of major railway improvements works around the network in Manchester.

The improvement works, which will take place between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale, and Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, will help improve the reliability of services on these lines.

They will form part of the wider TRU, which aims to improve connectivity in the North of England and provide faster, more reliable services for passengers travelling between York, Leeds and Manchester.

Improvements are planned to be carried out round-the-clock between July 31, 2021 and August 15, 2021.

Despite the intensive works being undertaken on the line, Network Rail has worked with operators to minimise disruption to passengers, with trains being temporarily diverted onto different railway lines between Yorkshire and Manchester.

For those journeys unable to be diverted, replacement buses will be in operation.

Neil Holm, Transpennine Route Upgrade Director for Network Rail, said: “Our improvement work in Greater Manchester, starting next month, is a key part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU).

“During this complex upgrade we’ll be demolishing ageing railway bridges to install new ones and upgrading track. This work is crucial to enable us to run more trains and faster trains in future as part of the wider TRU programme.

“Though we can’t keep these railway lines open through Manchester Victoria while we do this, we’ve created diversionary routes so passengers can still get in and out of Manchester by train as much as possible.

“Where buses need to replace to trains, we’ve worked with our industry colleagues to ensure they’re the best quality throughout.”

Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express added: “We’re delighted to see continued investment in the North of England’s railway as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. And with these works this summer, we will see a better, more reliable railway for our customers.

“To complete these engineering works, some of our services will be diverted and customers may have to change trains in Manchester, so we would advise those travelling to check before they travel.

“To help with those affected, there will be more railway colleagues at stations to help people get to where they need to be.”

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