Blackpool trains delayed for extra three weeks

Work to upgrade Blackpool's main railway line has been delayed by three weeks meaning there will be no trains into Blackpool North Station over Easter.
Blackpool North StationBlackpool North Station
Blackpool North Station

Network Rail has blamed bad weather and the breakdown of its own engineering train for the delay which means services will not resume until April 16.

Services had been due to recommence on Monday March 26 after being suspended on November 11 last year for work to electrify the line between Blackpool North and Preston.

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A rail replacement bus service which has been running since then, will continue, and trains are running on the Blackpool South line.

There will be some further work on the railway after April 16, but this is not expected to disrupt train services.

Andrew Morgan, senior sponsor for Network Rail, said: “While we’ve made fantastic progress in upgrading the line over the last six months, the recent bad weather and unexpected maintenance of critical machinery has hampered us slotting in final pieces of this important jigsaw, at one of the busiest times of the closure. "