By 2022 the Great North Rail Project (GNRP), part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan, will have delivered a multi-billion pound package of improvements for customers across the north of England.
GNRP is a vast programme of improvements to transform train travel for customers in the North. It will enable 2,000 extra services each week and allow 40,000 more passengers to travel each day.
Train customers are the immediate beneficiaries of improved transport links (or connectivity) between towns and cities in the North.
As new opportunities, including jobs, are created and businesses get access to a greater pool of talent, local communities and the wider regional economy will feel the knock-on benefits of GNRP. This will boost growth regionally and nationally. (Network Rail)
Blackpool North Line
Date: From November 2017 - May 2018
Location/s: Blackpool North to Preston
To see the vlogs and updates of the journey visit the Youtube channel : Nodrog Vlogs. Nodrog filmed the 17 miles of rail route,passing Salwick, Kirkham & Wesham, Poulton-le-Fylde and Layton, being upgraded to electrification, for improved and more reliable train journeys.
Network Rail, VolkerRail, Atkins, J. Murphy & Sons Limited and Siemens, removed and replaced 7 miles of track, installed over 1,100 overhead line structures, install over 200km of overhead cable and fitted three new footbridges.
Platform extension work at Blackpool North station and the construction of a third platform, two new lifts at Kirkham & Wesham station. This project like others across the North West forms part of Network Rail’s Great North Rail Project.
Blackpool North Line to Preston Station, this single line that starts from Kirkham & Wesham runs along to Blackpool South Railway Station.
Unlike the Blackpool North line this was not electrified however much maintenance was undertaken with an upgrade to signalling, vegetation cut back, upgrades and major restoration of Squires Gate and Harrowside Bridges.
Date: From Nov 17 - Feb 2018
Location/s: Blackpool South to Kirkham & Wesham
Location/s: Bpl Nth, Poulton, Kirkham & Wesham
Notes: Drone Photography