£20m East Lancs rail upgrade set for green light

The action will speed trains from Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road to Manchester

The action will speed trains from Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road to Manchester

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ANOTHER key signal on the route to East Lancashire’s rail revolution goes green next week when councillors approve the details of the £20 million Clitheroe to Manchester upgrade.

For the first time full preparation for electrification and revamping five stations is included in the proposals originally revealed in September.

Papers published today recommending Blackburn with Darwen’s Executive Board rubber stamp the scheme follow the confirmation of new trains for the Todmorden Curve.

The action will speed trains from Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road to Manchester.

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The detailed proposals will dual the single line sections of line from Clitheroe, Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton to the city bringing 14 extra trains a day and a half-hourly service from between rush hours.

They ensure the track will be doubled for its full length between Blackburn and Bolton, with the single-line Sough Tunnel south of Darwen and Farnworth Tunnel in Bolton upgraded.

Construction will start in May 2015 with the major capital works completed by the autumn for the every 30-minute services introduction in December 2016.

The upgrade will prepare the line from Bolton to Clitheroe for the future completion of proposed electrification between Manchester and the town.

Investment in Entwistle, Clitheroe, Whalley, Ramsgreave and Wilpshire and Langho stations is included.

Borough regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “This is another crucial stage in developing an improved rail network for East Lancashire.”

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3:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Why has this not been extended to Great Harwood, Don't they know who we are? it sounds good I hope they decide to reopen old train lines to join the main lines to major cities. It is a small step in the right direction.
Why has this not been extended to Great Harwood, Don't they know who we are? it sounds good I hope they decide to reopen old train lines to join the main lines to major cities. It is a small step in the right direction. mavrick
  • Score: 9

3:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Gr8 news for Clitheroe
Gr8 news for Clitheroe shytalk
  • Score: 2

4:58pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Pan-cake says...

mavrick wrote:
Why has this not been extended to Great Harwood, Don't they know who we are? it sounds good I hope they decide to reopen old train lines to join the main lines to major cities. It is a small step in the right direction.
Glad you are joining the majority of Arroders who want to be joined to Clitheroe, though such views may get you a slap on the wrist from your man Jones MP, seeing he is agin the toffs in RV.. Maybe you should get out more though. Please advise how and where GH would be connected by rail to Clitheroe?.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Why has this not been extended to Great Harwood, Don't they know who we are? it sounds good I hope they decide to reopen old train lines to join the main lines to major cities. It is a small step in the right direction.[/p][/quote]Glad you are joining the majority of Arroders who want to be joined to Clitheroe, though such views may get you a slap on the wrist from your man Jones MP, seeing he is agin the toffs in RV.. Maybe you should get out more though. Please advise how and where GH would be connected by rail to Clitheroe?. Pan-cake
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Fri 4 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

About time. This is great news.
About time. This is great news. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Fri 4 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

£20m sounds a bit of a low estimate though, to dig up the entire stretch between Blackburn and Bolton, grade and re-lay the ballast, and then put the lines down, plus station/platform improvements. Darwen station's recent upgrade, which consisted of new shelters and, um, not a great deal else, cost £500,000.
£20m sounds a bit of a low estimate though, to dig up the entire stretch between Blackburn and Bolton, grade and re-lay the ballast, and then put the lines down, plus station/platform improvements. Darwen station's recent upgrade, which consisted of new shelters and, um, not a great deal else, cost £500,000. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

9:43pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Noiticer says...

Excellent news and this investment, plus the new service to M/c via Burnley, will have a very positive impact on the local rail network. It's just a pity so much damage was done in the past in ripping out track , and now costing a great amount to restore, but such is the political short termism which this country suffers so much from. Only when all the local network is electrified will we really be able to say that we have moved beyond that which was there forty years ago.
Excellent news and this investment, plus the new service to M/c via Burnley, will have a very positive impact on the local rail network. It's just a pity so much damage was done in the past in ripping out track , and now costing a great amount to restore, but such is the political short termism which this country suffers so much from. Only when all the local network is electrified will we really be able to say that we have moved beyond that which was there forty years ago. Noiticer
  • Score: 8

11:38pm Thu 1 May 14

langtonbrow says...

Don't be deceived by this type of nonsense. There is no funding available for such fanciful schemes. It is simply a false construct of self serving politicians to provide a distraction from the reality that they are wasting your money on useless schemes to further own political ambitions. No hope in hell of this happening. Look a the last 50 years and ask yourself if it would be likely.
Don't be deceived by this type of nonsense. There is no funding available for such fanciful schemes. It is simply a false construct of self serving politicians to provide a distraction from the reality that they are wasting your money on useless schemes to further own political ambitions. No hope in hell of this happening. Look a the last 50 years and ask yourself if it would be likely. langtonbrow
  • Score: 3

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