Network Rail Installs First Electric Wires Between Manchester and Stalybridge

Network Rail has installed the first electric wires between Manchester and Stalybridge as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade.

This installation marks an initial step in electrifying local services between Manchester and Stalybridge by 2025 in order to provide passengers with greener and more reliable trains.

Electric Wires Manchester
Electric wires that will power faster, cleaner, and more reliable trains between Manchester and Stalybridge were installed over the weekend

Once the Transpennine Route Upgrade project is complete, the electric wires will stretch from Manchester Victoria to York, passing through Huddersfield and Leeds.

This project will create 70 miles of fully electric, digital railway that will enable more trains to run between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

Hannah Lomas, Principal Programme Sponsor for the Transpennine Route Upgrade said:

“Once complete, the Transpennine Route Upgrade will transform travel in the North of England, reducing our carbon footprint by 87,000 tonnes of emissions each year, and providing a route that passengers can rely on.

“The installation of the very first Transpennine Route Upgrade electric wires in Greater Manchester is a major step toward a future of faster, greener and more reliable travel between Manchester and Stalybridge.”

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