Residents invited to find out more about Ashton-under-Lyne station closure.(Network Rail)

Residents invited to find out more about Ashton-under-Lyne station closure

Ashton-under-Lyne railway station platform 1.(Network Rail Image)

Tameside residents can find out more about the three week closure of Ashton-under-Lyne station at a public drop-in session next Monday (Monday 3 July).

Ashton-under-Lyne station is closing between Saturday 8 and Sunday 31 July while engineering work takes place to enable better journeys between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

The work is part of the Great North Rail Project which will see over £1bn invested in the railway across the north as part of the national Railway Upgrade Plan.

Network Rail engineers will be working round-the-clock over the three week closure to rebuild the railway bridge over Turner Lane and replace and realign over two miles of track. Turner Lane will be closed and an alternative pedestrian route will be clearly signposted.

Northern services will be replaced by buses between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge. Trains will continue to run between Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly.

The event will take place at The Prince of Orange Pub, 109 Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6DW between 4pm and 7pm, where members of Network Rail’s project team will be on hand to answer questions about this work.

Nick Brown, Network Rail’s project manager, said:

“The railway corridor on which Ashton station sits is currently narrow with many curves which restrict the speed that trains can travel. Replacing the bridge deck and realigning the track will result in smoother and straighter track meaning trains will be able to travel faster which, in the long run, means more frequent services on the route.

“I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we improve the railway in their area.”

Liam Sumpter, regional director for Northern, said:

“Fantastic improvements are coming for our customers in the north west, including those travelling through Ashton-under-Lyne; with quicker journeys, new and refurbished trains and more frequent services. Before we can deliver that, essential large scale engineering work has to take place and we thank our customers for their patience while this happens.”

This is part of a wider scheme on the line which will not only enable better journey times between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, but also allow the increase of services from May 2018.

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Buses will replace trains between Stalybridge and Manchester Victoria while the work is carried out.

Train services are available from Stalybridge to Manchester Piccadilly with other operators.

Customers travelling from stations between Huddersfield and Stalybridge can travel either via the rail replacement bus into Manchester Victoria, or direct to Manchester Piccadilly with TransPennine Express.

Services between Liverpool, Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield and Leeds will also be reduced, which will mean some services will be busier than usual.