Warning as electricity cables are switched on in Manchester

Manchester Victoria electric equipment installation
Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has warned members of the public to stay off the railway as new high voltage equipment goes live on the line between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria.

The new power supply has been installed to support the ongoing introduction of electric trains across the North West.

The work is part of the Great North Rail Project – providing passengers with better, more reliable journeys.

Now the electricity has been switched on, residents in the area are being reminded to never trespass on the tracks as the new equipment, which carries 25,000 volts of electricity, poses an even greater risk to life and limb now it is live.

What did the officials say?

Joe Haynes, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said:

“Safety is our priority and we are informing local people about the new equipment which is used to supply power to the North West’s rail network.

“Once installed, the cables are always switched on – even when there are no trains passing. It carries 25,000 volts of electricity, which can be fatal. Our message is simple – never trespass on the railway for any reason.”

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  • Somebody told me that the Voltage quote must have the Decimal Point in the wrong place…. 🙁

    Please Note :-No It Isn’t!

    The Voltage is definitely 25 THOUSAND Volts!