Sundays 6 January - 17 February

The railway between Preston and Blackpool will be closed for seven consecutive Sundays from 6 January 2019. This means buses will replace trains between Preston and both Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations.

The work is being completed as part of the multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project, which allowed the introduction of greener and quieter electric trains on Blackpool’s railway earlier this year.

Network Rail engineers will be completing two major drainage upgrades in the Poulton-le-Fylde, and Kirkham & Wesham station areas, which will help to make the railway more reliable.

Work will also be carried out to fit exterior cladding panels on Kirkham & Wesham station’s two new lifts. The lifts and a new footbridge were installed earlier this year as part of the station’s transformation and have provided easier access to trains for passengers.

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “The Great North Rail Project is transforming the railway across the north of England and the work on the line in early 2019 is a vital part of this."

“Thanks to the work carried out by Network Rail earlier this year, we are now able to run electric services to Blackpool from across the region, and we will continue to work closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum."

“I’m sure our customers will be frustrated with more engineering work, but I’d like to thank them for their continued patience. I urge all customers to plan carefully for weekend travel to and from Blackpool in early 2018.”

The timetable for the affected Sundays is now available below.

Sunday timetable 6 January - 17 February