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Passengers are being reminded to plan their journeys as the region counts down to the 19 week transformation of the railway between Blackpool and Preston.
From Saturday 11 November 2017 work to upgrade the railway between Preston and Blackpool will begin. Replacement buses will be provided during railway closures with Network Rail and Northern working together to deliver the Great North Rail Project.
The work will make the railway bigger and better to carry the ever-increasing number of people who are travelling by train across the north of England.
To complete the major upgrade work, the railway will need to close to train services:
Buses will replace trains so we are urging passengers to check before they travel and allow extra time for your journey. Further information is available on the National Rail website.
Further information sessions will be held this week at key stations on the route to remind passengers about the closure and to help them to plan their journeys. Replacement bus timetables will be available at stations from 16 October.
Installation of concrete foundations and new riser walls are being fitted at Blackpool North station as work continues to rebuild platforms 1 and 2. The new platforms will be longer and straighter, meaning that trains with more carriages can travel into Blackpool.
During the closure, rebuilding of platforms 3 – 6, upgrading the tracks and simplifying the layout at Blackpool North station will take place. Once the tracks and platforms have been realigned, work will take place to install foundations, steelwork and wiring so that greener, quieter and more spacious trains can operate.
There’s a huge amount of work to deliver on the Preston to Blackpool route and a relatively short space of time to do it in. For this reason, engineers will be carrying out a lot of work during overnight shifts when trains are not running. From November 2017, during the extended closure of the railway, work will shift to 24 hours in some areas.
Thousands of postcards have being posted out on the route to let residents know what is happening near to them. A video available to watch on You Tube has also been produced to explain the electrification process and help to manage expectations around the noise and disruption caused by this type of work.
Regular information events will take place in Blackpool, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Preston to give residents the opportunity to hear about the project.
When carrying out work that is particularly disruptive, Network Rail go out and knock on doors to speak to residents directly about what to expect. This approach has already been used in the Preston, Kirkham, Poulton-le-Fylde and Blackpool North areas.
If you have any questions about the Great North Rail Project, feedback on the newsletter, or do not wish to receive these updates, please contact Jonathan Cooke on email@example.com. You can follow the process on Network Rails Twitter account as well.