Bolton to Manchester rail service resumes after repair works


Rail services between Bolton and Manchester have resumed following the completion of emergency repairs on the Moses Gate railway bridge by Network Rail.

The railway bridge was damaged last month after a burst pipe caused a portion of the structure to collapse onto the railway below, which also created a hole in the road above.

The line had already been closed prior to the malfunction due to the ongoing upgrade work at Bolton station as part of the Great North Rail Project.

Services were scheduled to resume on 28 August following the completion of the upgrade works, which included the remodelling of the tracks, station platforms and signalling systems.

Network Rail senior sponsor Andy Morgan said: “This has been an extremely challenging repair programme and we have been working 24/7 to get passengers moving between Bolton and Manchester. 

“To repair the bridge, we have rebuilt a large section of wall which supports the bridge and make it stronger.”

"This has been an extremely challenging repair programme and we have been working 24/7 to get passengers moving between Bolton and Manchester."

“We have been working at Moses Gate station to make sure it is ready for electric trains to run. 

"However, due to the recent wet weather, it has slowed progress meaning the station will be temporarily closed until later in the week.”

Network Rail also announced the installation of new track in the Ipswich and Colchester areas as part of a separate development, which is expected to take place during the weekends on the main line into London this month and next month.

The installation is intended to reduce delays and ensure timely rail services across the line.


Image: Moses Gate bridge repairs. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.