I recently met with Network Rail to discuss the ongoing works to improve the Bolton-Manchester line.

The next phase delivers long awaited upgrades to Bolton station. Work taking place includes: modifying existing platforms and canopies, remodelling tracks, upgrading signalling, installing overhead line equipment and building a new footbridge. The biggest change for passengers will be the revival of platform 5, which will improve the stations capacity and flexibility.

Unfortunately the scale of this work means that the station will have to be partially closed for a long time this summer.

I have received assurances that my constituents who use the Blackburn train line via Bromley Cross will still be able to travel in and out of Bolton.

However services onwards to Manchester/Preston ect will be replaced by buses.

This will be in effect on Sundays 23rd July, 30th July & 6th August and then every day from 12th-27th August while these improvement works are undertaken.

I appreciate that this will be inconvenient for people. If you experience any difficulty during this time regarding the information available to passengers or the effectiveness of the arrangements then please let me know. I will raise any concerns with Network Rail.

This work will bring us one step closer to the long over-due electrification of the train line and, hopefully, towards a better service.

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