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Manchester-Preston electrification deferred again? - Posted: January 11, 2018 - 6:43 PM Quote and reply
From the Bolton News website:
RAIL users will now have to wait until December for the first electric trains through Bolton, after rail bosses admitted that they will miss their latest target.
Upgrade works to electrify the railway line between Manchester and Preston via Bolton had been due to finish by the end of 2017, before the completion date was put back to May 2018.
However, further delays to the project mean that the engineering work cannot be completed until later this summer — meaning passengers will have to wait until the next timetable change in December until they finally see electric trains coming through Bolton.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director of the London North Western Route at Network Rail, said: “While we are disappointed to miss our May 2018 target on the Manchester-Preston upgrade, it is important we view this within the full context of the Great North Rail Project. The ultimate prize for customers is 2020 when Network Rail’s current GNRP upgrades are fully complete.

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