Thinking of travelling between Preston and Blackpool over the next few months? It’s not going to be a case of hopping on a train with the services suspended between these stations.
Just thinking about no trains between Preston and Blackpool soon is killing me
— paige (@paige_evanss) November 7, 2017
Network Rail have said:
“We are upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool as part of a £1bn+ investment in the north to deliver cleaner, quieter and more reliable journeys by May 2018.”
“The 17 mile route between Preston and Blackpool North will be fully electrified paving the way for better trains with more seats. We’re also improving the track layout and modernising signalling equipment to reduce delays and improve performance.”
“Work includes the replacement of 84 signals and moving the signalling control to the Manchester rail operating centre. Blackpool North and Kirkham & Wesham stations will be remodelled as part of our plans to simplify the current layout of the railway.”
“We’re carrying out ecological surveys and environmental impact assessments to minimise impact on the natural environment. Any protected species or nesting birds are relocated where necessary.”