Bolton station upgrade

A lot of work is taking place at Bolton station this summer to get the tracks, platforms and canopies ready for faster, more frequent electric train services.

The work includes reinstating platform 5, which has been out of use since the early 1990s, to allow more trains to run between Manchester and Preston. The existing platforms and canopies need adjusting to accommodate a new track alignment through the station, as well as new overhead equipment which will provide power to electric trains.

This essential work means there will be changes to services between 12 and 27 August 2017.

As a result of the work, the majority of train services will not run in or out of Bolton until the first service on Monday 28 August 2017. However, trains will still run from Bolton to Blackburn and Clitheroe during weekdays.

While preparation for the work takes place some services will be replaced by buses on Sundays 23 and 30 July and 6 August.

Passengers are urged to plan ahead and check their journey on the National Rail Enquiries website before they travel. Bus replacement services will be running – details of services are available at National Rail Enquiries.


Blackpool North - Manchester: Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 August

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Manchester - Bolton: Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 August

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Manchester - Blackburn and Clitheroe: Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 August

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Manchester and Manchester Airport - Southport and Kirkby: Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 August

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