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Electrification Phase 4
Manchester to Preston


Electrification of the line between Ordsall Lane Junction and Euxton Junction also requires a few additional works, including major tunnel reconstruction at Farnworth (Completed in early 2016.) and significant changes at Chorley station.

For an illustrated tour of this phase, see the route page.


In service not later than May 2018.[Network Rail - December 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan].

It is now clear that this target will be missed, and electric trains will not be running this way in May 2018.

  • Bridge raising works on bridges in the Chorley and Bolton areas were completed in 2014, along with track lowering in Chorley Tunnel and the re-instatement of the grade II listed flying arches.
  • Things are moving on with many mast bases in place and some masts up.
  • Some lengths of wiring are now in place.
  • The "new" platform 5 at Bolton is in operation.