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Electrification Phase 4
Manchester to Preston

Overview

Electrification of the line between Ordsall Lane Junction and Euxton Junction also requires a few additional works, including major tunnel reconstruction at Farnworth (Completed in early 2016.) and significant changes at Chorley station.

For an illustrated tour of this phase, see the route page.

Schedule

In service not later than December 2018.[Network Rail - September 2018 Enhancements Delivery Plan].

Progress
  • Bridge raising works on bridges in the Chorley and Bolton areas were completed in 2014, along with track lowering in Chorley Tunnel and the re-instatement of the grade II listed flying arches.
  • Things are moving on with almost all mast bases in place and many masts up.
  • Some lengths of wiring are now in place.
  • The "new" platform 5 at Bolton is in operation.