Rail mis­ery as buses re­place trains

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Char­lotte Cox

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

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