Ashton Train Station closed for 16 days from Saturday for line improvements
Thursday 12th April 2018 @ 15:46 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News Stalybridge Tameside

Ashton Train Station will be closed for more than two weeks, starting this Saturday, while works take place to improve the line between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

As part of the Great North Rail Project, the signal box, signal sections and part of the track will be worked on April 14th to Sunday, April 29th.

The upgrade is aimed at increasing the line speed in the area, helping to provide faster journeys and renew the signalling system.

During the work, Northern services will be replaced by buses between Victoria and Stalybridge, while TransPennine Express Trains will not run between Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street. Trains will continue from Manchester Piccadilly to both Stalybridge and Liverpool Lime Street.

Bus replacements will be available next weekend, April 21st and 22nd, due to a temporary line closure between Leeds and Manchester. This is due to preparation work ahead of platform extensions at Marsden and Slaithwaite.

The signalling system at Ashton Moss will be upgraded during the work.

Nick Brown, Project Manager for Network Rail, said: “Not only are we aiming to improve the line speed, the signalling system as Ashton Moss will be changed so it can be controlled from our state-of-the-art rail operating centre in Manchester.”

Northern have apologised for the disruption but say the planned works are necessary. “We’re very sorry for any disruption this vital engineering work will cause for our customers,” said Liam Sumpter, Regional Director for Northern. “We are closely working with our partners in the railway industry to help keep people on the move.”

A community drop-in session will be held on Monday, April 16th, from 4pm to 7pm at Ashton Cricket Club. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions residents may have in relation to the work.

Customer experience director for TransPennine Express, Kathryn O’Brien, said: “This essential work will deliver notable enhancements for rail customers across the North. There will be changes to our services between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, York and the North East over the 16 days and customers are encouraged to check and plan their journeys in advance.”

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at nationalrail.co.uk.