The main Wigan-Manchester railway lines will be closed to trains on Saturday so that Network Rail can finish off engineering works as part of the Manchester-Preston upgrade.

Network Rail is closing the Wigan to Manchester lines (via Atherton and Bolton) to trains and, as a result, we will not be able to operate any trains on the affected lines tomorrow, Saturday 17 November.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "We sincerely apologises for the very short notice we have given Northern and its customers.

"The additional access will be used to to finish off snagging and assurance work that are critical to complete the electrification between Preston and Manchester.

"Without this work going ahead tomorrow, the completion of the electrification scheme could be further delayed and could cause further delays to the introduction of electric trains on the route. We want to safeguard against that."

Further potential weekend closures are currently being discussed and will be communicated once agreed.

All passengers are urged to check before they travel, using National Rail Enquiries for all the latest updates.