Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Major improvement work between Preston and Blackpool until Sunday 15 April

Start date
11/11/2017  00:00
End date
Route affected
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All routes to / from Blackpool North

TOC(s) affected
NorthernVirgin Trains

As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail are upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool.

Phase 1 of these works has been completed and trains can run again between Preston and Blackpool South.

Until Sunday 15 April, the line is closed between Kirkham & Wesham and Blackpool North.

Replacement buses will continue to run between Preston and Blackpool North.

Trains between Preston and Blackpool South are not affected by this engineering work.

Ticket acceptance:

All replacement buses are operated by Northern, however Virgin Trains customers with valid tickets will be accepted on these buses between Preston and Blackpool North.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

Network Rail are upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool as part of a multi-billion pound investment in the north to deliver cleaner, quieter and more reliable journeys in 2018.

The 17 mile route between Preston and Blackpool North will be fully electrified paving the way for better trains with more seats. We’re also improving the track layout and modernising signalling equipment to reduce delays and improve performance.