£1million For Rail Update

Upholland tunnel repairs to make railway more reliable for passengers


A historic railway tunnel in West Lancashire is being made more reliable for passengers this month. More than £1m is being invested in Upholland tunnel, between Upholland and Orrell stations, as part of the Great North Rail Project to improve journeys for passengers in the North of England.

Network Rail is replacing the track and the track bed through the 172-year-old Upholland tunnel to ensure it continues to provide safe and reliable journeys for years to come. The length and location of the tunnel means that in order to carry out the work safely, the line will be closed to trains over three weekends in March 2020.

A bus replacement service will be in operation for passengers between Kirkby and Wigan Wallgate over three consecutive Saturdays: Saturday 14 March, Saturday 21 March, and Saturday 28 March.

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, said “Although unfortunately there will be some disruption to passengers for three Saturdays, I welcome the £1m investment by Network Rail ensuring the track through Upholland Tunnel remains safe and reliable for trains for decades to come. There will be replacement bus services for passengers while these works are ongoing. I would recommend that passengers wishing to travel on the Kirkby branch line in late March to check http://www.nationalrail.co.uk before they travel.” 

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