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Passengers warned of major improvements to train line

Dinting train station.

Work to improve track and drainage at Dinting station is part of an £870,000 investment on the Glossop to Manchester Piccadilly train line.

For three Sundays, starting on 8 August and continuing on the 15th and 22nd, there will be changes to Northern train services between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop and Hadfield. 

Journeys are expected to take longer and involve some rail replacement bus services to allow the work replacing 200m of track and upgrading 400m of railway drainage to be carried out. A special 250-tonne railway crane will be used to lift new track panels into place. 

Chris Pye, Network Rail’s North West infrastructure director, said: “This essential investment will help keep this important rail route for both leisure and commuter passengers between the High Peak and Manchester safe and reliable for years to come. 

“The upgrades over three Sundays in August will mean changes to journeys for passengers and I’d urge people planning to travel to check National Rail Enquiries, so they know exactly what to expect.” 

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the impact flooding can have on the railway. This vital work will not only improve the tracks but will also provide better drainage and lessen the impact of future rainfall on our customers’ journeys. 

“There will, of course, be some disruption while the work is carried out, but we’re working closely with Network Rail to keep this to a minimum and have plans in place to keep our customers on the move.” 

Train travellers have also been warned by Northern of disruption and to check before they travel after temporary timetables were introduced this week.

The move follows a reduction in the number of train crews available because of coronavirus and staff self-isolating. 

The reduction to the service includes Manchester Piccadilly – Buxton, Manchester Piccadilly – Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly - New Mills Central, although Northern say efforts have been made to protect key services at peak times. 

Up-to-the-minute details of Northern's services can be found via the journey planner at northernrailway.co.uk/journey-planner or at National Rail Enquiries via www.nationalrail.co.uk

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