Major railway improvements are taking place this August to improve future journeys for passengers on the Manchester to Glossop line.
The work to improve track and drainage at Dinting station where the line splits between Glossop and Hadfield will mean smoother and more reliable rail journeys.
An £870,000 Great North Rail Project investment will see:
- 200m of track being completely replaced
- 400m of railway drainage upgraded
The drainage improvements are to help reduce the risk of tracks flooding.
A special 250-tonne railway crane will be used to lift new track panels into place.
The work on three Sundays in August (8, 15 and 22) will mean changes to Northern train services between Manchester and Guide Bridge, Glossop and Hadfield.
Passengers are advised that journeys will take longer and will involve some rail replacement bus services.
People expecting to use the Manchester to Glossop line on the affected Sundays (8, 15 and 22 August) should plan their journeys in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Chris Pye, Network Rail’s North West infrastructure director, said: “This essential investment will help keep this important rail route for both leisure and commuter passengers between the High Peak and Manchester safe and reliable for years to come.
“The upgrades over three Sundays in August will mean changes to journeys for passengers and I’d urge people planning to travel to check National Rail Enquiries so they know exactly what to expect.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the impact flooding can have on the railway. This vital work will not only improve the tracks, but will also provide better drainage and lessen the impact of future rainfall on our customers’ journeys.
“There will, of course, be some disruption while the work is carried out, but we’re working closely with Network Rail to keep this to a minimum and have plans in place to keep our customers on the move.”
Meanwhile, people are advised to follow government guidance and wear a face covering in busy indoor settings and on trains unless they are exempt.
With good ventilation systems on trains, extra cleaning and improved information about quieter times, passengers can continue to travel with confidence.
Rail travellers should continue to plan ahead, sanitise their hands regularly and open a train window while travelling if possible.
To find out more about what Network Rail is doing to stop the spread of Covid-19 visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/coronavirus/.