Rail misery as buses replace trains
TRAINS from Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge and Manchester to Leeds will be replaced by buses in order to allow works to be carried out.
Ashton-under-Lyne station will close for 15 days while engineers remove a signal box, re-signal parts of the railway and remodel the track. The closure will run from this weekend, Saturday, April 14, until April 29.
The work is aimed at increasing line speeds and the signal boost is set to make trains more reliable
But there will be pain before the gain, with Northern rail services to be replaced by buses between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge. Meanwhile, TransPennine Express trains won’t run between Man- chester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street – only Piccadilly.
Trains will, however, continue to run from Stalybridge to Manchester Piccadilly station during this period.
Buses will also replace services over the weekend of April 21-22 due to a temporary line closure between Leeds and Manchester.
Liam Sumpter, regional director for Northern, said: “We’re very sorry for any disruption this vital engineering work will cause for our customers.
“We are working closely with our partners in the rail industry to help keep people on the move and we will have a robust rail replacement system in place to get our customers where they need to be.” A community drop-in session will take place on Monday, April 16, at Ashton Cricket Club, Reyner Lane, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0AU. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions that local rail users may have.
●● Ashton-under-Lyne railway station will close for 16 days