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 from Saturday 11 November until Sunday 25 March

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

TOC(s) affected
NorthernVirgin Trains

As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail is upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool. This is to deliver cleaner, quieter and more reliable journeys. Further information can be found here.

Until Sunday 28 January:

There will be NO trains between Preston and Blackpool South / Blackpool North.

Rail replacement buses will run every 15 minutes between Preston and Blackpool North, with some buses running direct.

Rail replacement buses will run hourly between Preston and Blackpool South. Please note, there is no bus service to or from Blackpool South on Sundays.

During peak hours, additional buses will run between Preston and St Annes and Lytham calling at Poulton-le-Fylde.

From Monday 29 January until Sunday 25 March:

An hourly rail service will resume between Preston and and Blackpool South.

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

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.