©2018 Phil Wieland

Electrification Phase 4
Manchester to Preston


Electrification of the line between Ordsall Lane Junction and Euxton Junction also required 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 December 2018.[Network Rail - September 2018 Enhancements Delivery Plan].

  • 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.
  • The "new" platform 5 at Bolton is in operation.
  • The power has been turned on and the first test trains ran in the early hours of 13 December 2018.