Network Rail plan to replace eight sets of points, renew 1,000 metres of railway line and move signalling and overhead power line equipment to match the new track layout in Wigan. When? From this Saturday (22nd October) and continuing through until the following Sunday (30th October).
Although coinciding with schools’ half-term, there’ll still be disruption to daily commuters. During the week, Atherton line services will only run as far as Hindley and services to Wigan via Bolton will terminate at Bolton. Rail replacement bus services will run on the Kirkby and Southport lines, as well as between Hindley/Bolton and Wigan. By way of compensation, an hourly express train will run between Manchester Victoria and Wigan North Western, giving an early taster of what will happen when Manchester–Scotland trains are diverted to run this way following electrification. Further alterations take place over the two weekends – check the Northern Rail website for full timetables.