Manchester to Preston railway line - electrification upgrade. This line goes via Bolton Station hence the name ’the Bolton corridor’.
So electrification is a modern way to upgrade a section of railway that ultimately benefits passengers and the economy. And by upgrading this line like phase 3 the recent Blackpool to Preston railway - connects to the larger spectrum of electrified routes available.
Work started on this section early 2015 and taking a bit longer than expected to complete today is it’s test day.
Over 20 bridges have been reconstructed, with much more hard work carried out to a great standard enabling these faster, quieter and more reliable trains for you and me.
Now there was a delay in having this section ready on time due to unforeseen issues with the viscosity of the layers of earth needed for piling the metal posts in for the over head equipment. A little issue with a engineering company involved in working on this line - but as in time with great British Spirit, Team Orange jumped on the task and did a great job with getting this line to a modern higher speed standard - to be married to the overhead electrified family that’s building across our country under the Great North Rail Project.
So for this vlog (to follow) I spoke to some of those involved in this project to get an insight into the formation of this railway - maybe their personal feelings and what it means for us passengers.
This test has to be conducted ‘after hours’ as not to disrupt any passenger services if anything failed - and the reason for choosing Buckshaw Parkway and Bolton Station is they are the only stations between the run that has good long platform that's well lit, and has a better view.
The trains have changed, many stations and the people who run and use them have changed- but the thing that we all really on hasn’t, and that the metal track. Decades of modernisation built on something very simple but very special.
Thank you to all at Network Rail for inviting myself along to this special event. Good to meet up with some previous members of NR staff and see how it's all transformed - hats off to you all!