Journeys from Manchester to Glossop are set to improve due to major railway developments taking place this august.
Work will be carried out on the track and drainage at Dinting station, where the line splits between Glossop and Hadfield, bringing more relaxed and reliable journeys.
An £870,000 Great North Rail Project investment will see:
- 200m of track being completely replaced
- 400m of railway drainage upgraded
The drainage improvements will help to minimise the risk of track flooding, and a unique 250-tonne railway crane will be used to lift the track panels into place.
Chris Pye, Network Rail’s Northwest Infrastructure Director, said “this essential investment will help keep this important rail route for both leisure and commuter passengers between the High Peak and Manchester safe and reliable for years to come."
“The upgrades over three Sundays in August will mean changes to journeys for passengers and I’d urge people planning to travel to check National Rail Enquiries, so they know exactly what to expect.”
The flash floods that took place in London over the week sparked major transport delays, with multiple stations on the Tube having to close.
Scientists have warned that flash floods will become a more common occurrence as a result of the climate crisis, so the government and rail operators are taking proactive approaches to ensure services are better prepared for unexpected weather changes.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said “over the past couple of years we’ve seen the impact flooding can have on the railway. This vital work will not only improve the tracks but will also provide better drainage and lessen the impact of future rainfall on our customers’ journeys."
“There will, of course, be some disruption while the work is carried out, but we’re working closely with Network Rail to keep this to a minimum and have plans in place to keep our customers on the move.”
In the meantime, passengers are being advised to follow government guidance and wear a face covering in busy indoor settings and on trains unless exempt. With good air ventilation systems, additional cleaning and improved information about less busy train times, commuters can continue to travel with trust.
The work is being carried out on August 8th, 15th and 22nd, and will mean changes to Northern train services between Manchester and Guide Bridge, Glossop and Hadfield.
Journeys are expected to take longer, and some rail replacement bus services will also be available.
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