Bolton – Wigan to be electrified by 2017

December 14, 2013

Yesterday the government announced that the Bolton to Wigan line, running through Westhoughton and Hindley, will be electrified by 2017 as part of the Manchester-Preston electrification scheme.

Electrification generally allows for faster, cleaner services, and should free up diesel trains for unelectrified lines (like Walkden), so it’s great news for travellers using those stations.

FOWS are campaigning for Network Rail and the government to include the Walkden line in their north west electrification plans or else we fear becoming an isolated and neglected piece of old diesel railway whilst newer electric trains serve all places around.

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