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Recap: all going on at the Salford Hub

No, it’s not an April Fool: the new footbridge at Salford Crescent really did come into use on Monday 1st April 2013 Forget the Northern Hub: it’s specifically Salford which appears to be the centre of activity on our railways … Continue reading

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New platforms for Piccadilly and the airport?

So what’s new for Greater Manchester in today’s announcement for railway investment? After all, we’ve already seen the proposals for the Northern Hub and the Ordsall Curve. We have “options” for two new through platforms at Manchester Piccadilly, capacity improvements … Continue reading

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Northern Rail franchise extended to 2014

Good news for Northern Rail franchise-holders Serco and Abellio, who have had their franchise extended by the DfT until 1st April 2014. The holding company, which made a pre-tax profit of £40.1 million last year thanks to the DfT grant … Continue reading

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A trip on “The Stalybridge Flyer”

With Friday off and a vague plan to go hiking in the Pennines, what better way to travel than by Parliamentary train? A rail service that only exists because it’s cheaper to run an occasional service than it is to … Continue reading

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Engineering work in Wigan over Autumn half-term

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 … Continue reading

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Northern’s London Midland Central cast-offs arrive

We thought we’d seen the last of the dreaded Central Trains livery – the watchword for travelling between Liverpool and Manchester in dirty sardine-cans – but we were wrong. Here’s one of the displaced diesel units from the Snow Hill … Continue reading

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New station in Lancashire opens at Buckshaw Parkway

Good news if you live in Chorley – heck, there has to be good news sometimes! It comes in the form of the new £6.8 million station Buckshaw Parkway, which opened on Monday and sees two regional Northern Rail trains … Continue reading

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