The railway in Greater Manchester will benefit from greater reliability of journeys thanks to a £725,000 investment.
Located between Liverpool to Manchester, work on a section of track will be undertaken by Team Orange of Network Rail in order to make journeys safer and smoother.
This boost to the Greater Manchester railway is already underway according to Network Rail and the company responsible for maintaining and renewing the railway in England say there will be a number of benefits to the project, with improvements to the track quality, minimising disruption and essentially saving money on maintaining the network.
At a time when Network Rail is preparing itself for a period of investment never seen before in England, if savings can be made, it is far more beneficial to invest in doing so now, to make long term gains in the future.
The work at a section of track close to Eccles station will see a disused subway filled with 2,000 tonnes of stone that will increase safety and stability of the track – vastly improving Greater Manchester railways.
The scheme project manager at Network Rail, Jack Ryder, explained the benefits.
He said: “As part of the Great North Rail Project, we are keeping our railways across the North in good working order by removing any obstacles that have the potential to disrupt people’s journeys.
“While the railway line is completely safe, our £725,000 upgrade work to remove the redundant subway from beneath the railway at Eccles will not only improve the quality of the track, but it will mean less maintenance costs are required at this location in the future.”
As mentioned by Mr Ryder, this is another element of the wide-ranging Great North Rail Project.
Part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, it will ensure that, by 2022, a multi-billion pound package of improvements will be made across the North of England’s railways, including Greater Manchester.