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List Of Projects

The following is a list of the various phases and projects covered by this web site.

Electrification Phase 1 - Manchester (Castlefield Junction) to WCML (Newton-le-Willows / Lowton Junction)

Phase one was scheduled to be completed in December 2013, and it did become operational then. Further works were required, before a formal completion date of August 2014.

Electrification Phase 2 - Liverpool (Edge Hill) to Earlestown, Huyton to Wigan, and Ordsall Lane Junction to Manchester Victoria

Main works complete was scheduled for December 2014 ("Available for December 2014 timetable change") This target was missed, but electric trains were able to run throughout by the end of April 2015, and regular passenger workings commenced in May. I believe the autotransformer feed system, which was not ready then, has now been completed.
(For Roby and Huyton additional tracks - See that project's page.)

Electrification Phase 3 - Preston to Blackpool North

To be completed for May 2018[Network Rail - March 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan]. Work is underway with weekend closures running from January to April 2017.

A blockade is planned for the winter of 2017/18, with lines closed seven days a week as follows:
Preston to Blackpool South closed Saturday 11 November 2017 until Friday 26 January 2018 (inclusive).
Kirkham to Blackpool North closed Saturday 11 November 2017 until Sunday 25 March 2018 (inclusive).

Electrification Phase 4 - Manchester to Preston

Work is under way. For details see this project's page.

Electrification Phase 5 - Manchester to Stalybridge

For details see this project's page.

Electrification Wigan to Bolton (Wigan Station Junction to Lostock Junction)

Announced in December 2013, this additional route for electrification is targeted for service in CP6, i.e. 2019-2024:
Planning to be completed - December 2017[Network Rail - March 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan].
In service - To be determined.

Electrification Oxenholme to Windermere

Planning to be completed - March 2017[Network Rail - March 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan].
In service - To be determined.

Liverpool Lime Street Remodelling

For details see this project's page.

Ordsall Chord

A new curve linking lines in South and North Manchester - See Map 5. It is aimed at reducing congestion east of Manchester Piccadilly and allowing an increase in services between Leeds and Manchester and between Manchester and Liverpool.

Work is well under way. The viaducts/bridges on the new curve are nearing completion. Services between Liverpool and Manchester Victoria are now running on new tracks through the former platforms 3 and 4 at Salford Central.

In service - 10 December 2017[Network Rail - March 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan].

Huyton and Roby Additional Tracks

For details see this project's page.

Salford Central Additional Platforms

The Manchester Victoria - Eccles - Liverpool route passes the back of Salford Central station but trains do not stop there. As part of the Ordsall Chord project two tracks now run between the disused platforms 3 and 4, and one track (and possibly new platform 5) on the existing trackbed.

This project includes the demolition of the existing canopies on all platforms and the construction of new ones, and changes to the access to the platforms to make them compliant with modern standards. It was hoped it would be completed in the same timescales as the rest of the Ordsall Chord project, although the latest reports still describe it as being evaluated.

Updates

My thanks go to the correspondents who are providing regular updates. Please let me know at editor@nw-sparks.co.uk when you see anything I have missed.