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September 02 , 2021

Bolton-Wigan £78m rail electrification project announced

01 September 2021 (UK) 

The railway line between Bolton and Wigan is to be electrified in a £78m project, it has been announced.

The upgrade will enable the Greater Manchester route to host longer electric trains with more capacity.

The work, set to be completed by 2025, will electrify almost 13 miles of tracks and lengthen platforms between Lostock and Wigan.

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said the changes would provide a greener and more reliable railway.

Upgrades are set to be made between Wigan North Western station and Lostock Junction, three miles north of Bolton, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The investment will ensure the current CO2 emitting diesel trains are replaced.


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