Today (Monday 1 February) trains were able to run more quickly through Farnworth Tunnel after Network Rail’s orange army successfully completed track work.
When rail services were not running this weekend, specialist equipment was brought in to the area (see photographs below). This was to remove the temporary layout that was installed to the track previously, which allowed train services to run through the tunnel while the upgrade works were ongoing.
Furthermore, the follow-up work that is taking place this week, which will have no impact on rail services, will help return the trains to their original 75mph speed through the tunnel.
As you are aware, the new, bigger tunnel complete with the new track marks the next step in our plans to electrify the line, leading to faster and more reliable trains for passengers.
Clearly, this work has been disruptive and we would like to personally thank passengers and local residents for their patience throughout the project.
Network Rail Public Affairs Manager – London & North West Route