Everything you need to know about £3.95m bridge upgrades which will impact Calderdale train journeys

Network Rail is urging passengers in the Calder Valley to check before travelling as there will be nine days of changes to services to allow canal bridge repairs to take place later this month.
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This is what we know about the multi-million scheme.

When is work taking place?

Between Saturday February 15 and Sunday, February 23, Network Rail will upgrade two railway bridges over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in a £3.95 million investment.

Train passing Hebden Bridge signal boxTrain passing Hebden Bridge signal box
Train passing Hebden Bridge signal box

How will the impact your journey?

To allow this work to take place safely, the East Lancashire line between Colne and Blackburn will be closed. This will mean changes for passengers who travel on the route to and from Blackpool from Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Bradford.

What advice is being issued?

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Passengers are urged to check their journey ahead of time via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator as journeys may take longer than usual, you may need to change trains and some bus replacement services will be in place.

Will there be bus replacement services?

Passengers are advised that bus replacement services will be in place on the below dates:

February 15-23 between Blackburn and Colne.

February 15-16 and 22-23 between Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley Manchester Road and Hebden Bridge.

February 17-21 between Blackburn and Accrington.

What have the bosses at Network Rail and Northern said?

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “This vital work will help to keep train services running reliably for years to come.

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“The work does mean changes to services later this month, so I would urge passengers using this line to check before travelling as there will be significant changes to services, including bus replacement services.

“We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum whilst this project takes place, however I do understand that this will have an impact on passengers. I am sorry for that and I would like to thank them for their patience during this time.”

Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern added: “The vital work being carried out by Network Rail will provide our customers with a more reliable railway for many years.

“We will continue to work closely with colleagues across the rail industry to minimise the impact on our customers and I’d like to thank our customers in advance for their patience and understanding while the work is completed.”