©2015 Phil Wieland
Welcome to Northwest Sparks, where I will be reporting on the project to electrify a number of railway lines in the Northwest of England. The routes involved are:
  • Liverpool to Manchester via Newton-le-Willows.
  • Liverpool to Wigan.
  • Manchester to Preston via Bolton.
  • Preston to Blackpool North.
  • Manchester to Stalybridge.
  • Wigan to Bolton.

On this site you will find news, details of the routes, information about engineering works, reports on the train service and information about the new trains.

Reporting may be somewhat biassed towards the Liverpool end of the network, for the simple reason that I am based here.

The planned completion dates for the project are as follows. For more details see the Engineering Work Schedule page.
Manchester Piccadilly to Newton-le-Willows - Now operational.
Liverpool to Earlestown, Liverpool to Wigan, and Manchester Victoria - End 2014. This target has now been missed, and full completion is not expected until April 2015.
Manchester to Preston - End 2016.
Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge - End 2016.
Preston to Blackpool - Early 2017.
Wigan to Bolton - 2017.
Manchester Piccadilly to Stalybridge - End 2018.

Feedback, comments and especially news reports are always welcome, at editor@nw-sparks.co.uk

Phil Wieland