Preston to Blackpool
What work is taking place?
The 17 mile route between Preston and Blackpool North will be fully electrified paving the way for better trains with more seats. The track layout and signalling equipment will be modernised to reduce delays and improve performance.
Above image courtesy of Network Rail
Work includes the replacement of 84 signals and moving the signalling control to the Manchester rail operating centre. Blackpool North and Kirkham & Wesham stations will be remodelled as part of the plans to simplify the current layout of the railway.
In early 2017, engineers worked round the clock during 10 weekend closures between Preston and Blackpool stations. New drainage to improve reliability was installed in Poulton-le-Fylde before tracks were realigned beneath a number of road bridges near the station. Improvements to the tracks were also made near Salwick station.
Work has also started on the route to install foundations for new equipment that will enable greener and quieter electric trains to run from May 2018. For safety reasons, the work is being undertaken overnight when trains aren’t running.
How will this affect train services?
The improvement work requires the closure of the lines between Blackpool North / South and Preston between 11 November 2017 – 25 March 2018
11 November 2017 – 28 January 2018: Preston to Blackpool North and South closed.
29 January 2018 – 25 March 2018: Route to Blackpool South reopens – Preston to Blackpool North remains closed.
Buses will replace trains so please check before you travel and allow extra time for your journey. For further information visit National Rail Enquiries.
Should strike action take place on a day where route improvement work is scheduled, the strike timetables will run in place of the route improvement timetables.