Over 26 days, engineers worked around the clock to completely remodel a railway junction, instal over 2km of new track and 23 new signals, upgrade 13 crossovers, and install overhead line equipment in readiness for future electrification of the route.
The Transpennine Route Upgrade is a multi-billion-pound project that will revolutionise rail travel in the North by providing better connections between towns and cities through more frequent and faster trains, running on a cleaner, greener, and more reliable railway. The upgrade will:
- Electrify the 76-miles between Manchester and York via Huddersfield and Leeds;
- Instal new digital signalling system along the route;
- Double the number of tracks from two to four between Huddersfield and Westtown in Dewsbury;
- Improve stations along the route to enhance customer experience, comfort and accessibility;
- Improve diversionary routes to allow more trains to run and keep passenger and freight trains moving while the core Transpennine route is closed for upgrading.
Further work will take place at Stalybridge on Saturdays and Sundays 15th/16th, 22nd/23rd, 29th/30th April, and 20th/21st of May. Anyone intending to travel on those weekends should check before they travel for the latest updates.
Rail Minister, Huw Merriman said: “Our multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade will transform our railways for generations to come and this major piece of work at Stalybridge station is just another way we're investing to improve rail in the North.
“These vital works will support economic growth, connect communities and deliver faster, greener and more reliable services across the region”
Hannah Lomas, Industry Programme Director for Transpennine Route Upgrade, said: “We'd like to say a big “thank you” to passengers for bearing with us while we did this work; it means that trains will be able to move through Stalybridge station faster and more reliably.
“This is just one component of the wider Transpennine Route Upgrade, which will electrify the whole route between Manchester and York via Huddersfield and Leeds, bringing the line into the 21st century with 70 miles of fully electric, digital railway.”
Rob Warnes, Strategic Development Director for Northern, said: “We're really grateful to all of our customers for their patience throughout this 26-day closure of the line between Manchester and Stalybridge. The work that has taken place will allow us to run electric trains to Stalybridge in the near future, meaning faster, greener and more reliable trains for everybody.”
Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said: “Completing the 26-day upgrade work at Stalybridge is a fantastic achievement for the cross-industry teams who have worked tirelessly to deliver this important work.
“It takes us another step closer towards this once-in-a-generation rail project which will enable more frequent trains between Manchester and York – running on a cleaner, greener, more reliable railway.
“We'd like to thank customers for their patience and cooperation during the work. Follow-up work at Stalybridge continues during the weekends up until May; customers are therefore reminded to check the latest changes to our services before they travel on our website www.tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/changes-to-train-times.”