Network Rail is reminding rail passengers of canal bridge repairs which will close the line for nine days in East Lancashire.
Between 15-23 February one railway bridge near Accrington will be replaced and another at Rose Grove in Burnley will be strengthened as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The East Lancashire line between Colne and Blackburn will be closed throughout the work.
Sections of the railway between Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley are also affected, with bus replacement services to make sure passengers can complete their journey.
This £3.95m investment by Network Rail will make sure more journeys are more reliable in the future.
Passengers are being advised by Network Rail that:
- Between 15-23 February, no trains will run between Blackburn and Colne.
- During the weekends of 15-16 and 22-23 February, no trains will run between Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley Manchester Road and Hebden Bridge.
- During the weekdays of 17-21 February, no trains will operate between Blackburn and Accrington.
New drainage will also be laid in the Rose Grove area and track improvements made at Townley Tunnel and Gannow Junction.
The canopy over the platforms at Nelson station is also being re-glazed.
There will also be two closures of the canal and its towpaths by Accrington Golf Club from Monday, January 20, until the Friday, March 13, and at Rosegrove from January, 27, until March 6.
What did the officials say?
Sarah Padmore, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said:
“I’m grateful to passengers, canal users and residents for their patience while our £3.95m essential bridge and track repair work is carried out.
“We are urging anyone who is planning to travel by train between 15-23 February to plan their journeys and check before they travel. Our vital repair work will help keep passenger services reliable and safe for decades to come.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern said:
“The vital work being carried out by Network Rail will provide our customers with a more reliable railway for many years.
“We will continue to work closely with colleagues across the rail industry to minimise the impact on our customers and I’d like to thank our customers, in advance, for their patience and understanding while the work is completed.”
Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, said:
“I’m pleased to see Network Rail investing in the East Lancashire Line and in Nelson station. Whilst some short term disruption to journey’s will be inevitable, these improvements should ensure we get the more reliable service we all desperately want to see on our local line.”
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