The Network Rail programme has been agreed with the train operators to enable the completion of this key upgrade before the end of the year.
Once complete, it will enable modern trains to run, with more seats. Network Rail has also recently completed the upgrade of the route to the north of this, between Preston and Blackpool meaning that, together, these improvements will enable modern, faster trains, with more seats, to run between Blackpool and Manchester. This will also mean that trains currently in use between Manchester and Preston can be used elsewhere on the network, enabling an improved service across the north.
The Department for Transport expects Network Rail to work with Train Operators to seek to minimise the inconvenience to passengers of essential engineering work.