Rainhill Village Life - Supported by your Labour Councillors

Friday, July 31, 2009


The Labour Government has recently announced new plans to electrify the Liverpool to Manchester rail line which has been met with general approval from people I have spoken to. "Long overdue" has been a typical response from rail users.

The journey from Liverpool to Manchester will be reduced to about 30/35 minutes duration. Speeds will increase from 75 mph to 90mph and the 4 coach trains will be air conditioned.

But will Rainhill residents gain anything? Will the high speed trains stop at our station? The current 2 coach trains are very overcrowded at peak times - will all services be 4 coach electrified?

There are lots of questions need answering. One little thought about question has arisen from our Railway and Heritage Society - WILL THE ELECTRIC OVERHEAD CABLES FIT UNDER THE SKEW BRIDGE..??

2 comment(s):

  • One of my spies tells me that the present Thameslink stock has been earmarkd for use on the Liverpool and Manchester

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:31 pm  

  • May or may not be a bit late,but my spies tell me that there are a number of ways of getting the wires under the bridge without demolishing it (one option!)

    Drop the track, insulate the underside of the bridge, make it a dead section. All are standard techniques which have been applied elsewhere, and bear in mind that this is not the first listed structure to be involved in electrification.

    By Anonymous in the know, at 10:30 pm  

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