©2017 Phil Wieland

Electrification Phase 5
Manchester to Stalybridge


Electrification of the lines between Manchester and Stalybridge was to come in two parts:

  1. Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge, and Ashburys West Junction to Philips Park West Junction and Baguley Fold Junction
  2. Guide Bridge to Stalybridge
However, the June 2017 issue of Network Rail's Enhancements Delivery Plan has changed the description of the first part to "Manchester Victoria to the Miles Platting area - Extents of electrification to be determined", in addition to putting the completion date back six months.

For an illustrated tour of these lines, see the route page.


Part 1 is scheduled for completion by 11 May 2018[Network Rail - June 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan].

Part 2 is scheduled to be in service in December 2022[Network Rail - June 2017 Enhancements Delivery Plan]. This is considered part of the Transpennine Electrification project.


Bridge raising and other enabling works have been undertaken on part 1.

A three week blockade scheduled for July 8 to July 30 2017 should hopefully allow a great deal of work to be completed.