Dewsbury goes off the rails for TWO days for signals upgrade

Dewsbury goes off the rails for TWO days for signals upgrade

DEWSBURY railway station is set to close again for two days at the end of the month.

The latest stage of improvement work to signalling systems will be taking place on Saturday January 20 and Sunday January 21.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel as both Huddersfield and Dewsbury stations will be closed over that weekend, with no services travelling in or out of the stations.

TransPennine Express said it was not running any trains between Manchester and Leeds because of the work.

TPE and Northern Rail will operate bus replacement services to keep passengers travelling between Leeds, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Halifax, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Stalybridge and Bradford.

As part of the Great North Rail Project, old signalling technology is being ‘recontrolled’ from local line-side signal boxes to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. This is the last stage of the work to make the railway more reliable and modern to improve journeys across the north.

Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “This upgrade to the signalling system is a vital investment into the railway which will improve reliability and reduce the number of delays which passengers experience, as well as providing a more cost-effective railway for the taxpayer.”

Kathryn O’Brien, customer experience director for TransPennine Express, added: “The essential work will also mean changes to our services from Newcastle, Middlesborough, Scarborough, Hull, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster and Cleethorpes.

“No trains will be operating to or from Huddersfield or Dewsbury railway stations but the local team will still be on hand to provide help and support customers.”

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