Safety is our priority and for this reason, work of this nature must be carried out while trains are not running.
The type of equipment and machinery we use does mean some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.
There is never a good time to affect journeys but we have planned the work to affect the least amount of passengers for the shortest amount of time.
We are working closely with Northern and Virgin Trains to minimise the disruption to passengers and raise awareness of these changes to morning and evening train services between Preston and Blackpool.
The viaduct works will take place between and will involve 24 hour working.
All this work will be completed without disruption to rail and freight services.
meaning that major platform work needs to take place.
We have worked closely with Network Rail and industry partners to ensure alternative travel arrangements are in place and to keep disruption to a minimum, whilst work takes place.
This would bring York, Scarborough and Scotland into easy reach.
In the evenings bus replacement services will be in operation after the 22.45 train from Blackpool and the 22.19 train service from Preston (Monday Thursday).
Passengers are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel as the work means changes to early morning and late evening services between Preston and Blackpool from 3 October 2016. In the mornings, bus replacement services will be in operation until the 05.39 train from Blackpool (Tuesday Friday).
Further closures on the route will be required in 2017, including a series of weekend closures early next year. In total, 2,800 steel brackets, along with 16,800 anchors and fixings, will be used to carry out long-term strengthening work to the sides of the viaduct.
Simplified track and platform layouts along the route will allow trains to run more efficiently, reducing delays and providing better passenger journeys.
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Additionally at ground level, we will install 400m of drainage and 16 catch pits, including a flow control chamber.