Engineers make emergency flood damage rail repairs between Wigan and Southport

Passengers are being advised to check before they travel after flooding closed the railway between Wigan and Southport.

There has been flooding between Wigan and Southport
There has been flooding between Wigan and Southport

Network Rail engineers have been pumping out flood water, repairing landslip damage and clearing out and strengthening drainage channels after the heavy rain at Burscough in West Lancashire on Tuesday, October 6.

Lines remain closed while teams work to make the railway safe for passengers.

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The emergency repair work is progressing well with the railway expected to reopen for trains to run from the start of service on Thursday, 8 October.

Richard Horobin, operations director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “We’re sorry to passengers who continue to be impacted by the flooding between Wigan and Southport. "Making the railway safe is our number one priority and my teams are working as fast as they can to get trains running again.”

Northern is running replacement bus services and an amended timetable (Wednesday, October 7) while the repair work is carried out.

This means:

Services between Alderley Edge and Southport will operate between Alderley Edge and Parbold

Services between Stalybridge and Southport will operate between Stalybridge and Wigan Wallgate.

Rail replacement buses will operate between Wigan Wallgate and Southport – there will be no through train services.

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “We’re doing all we can, in partnership with colleagues at Network Rail, to keep our customers on the move. We’re operating trains where possible and have a good bus service in place to make sure travel between Wigan and Southport can carry on.

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“The recent wet weather has caused significant problems for our customers in and around Wigan and I’d, again, like to thank them for their continued patience and understanding.”

Passengers are advised to check or with train operator Northern at news for the latest travel information.