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Burnley Manchester Road train service back on track

Lancashire Telegraph: The restored Holme Tunnel which is due to re-open today The restored Holme Tunnel which is due to re-open today

THERE’S a light at the end of the tunnel for rail passengers after the completion of major engineering works.

Passengers have been forced to use a replacement bus service between Burnley Manchester Road and Hebden Bridge for the past 20 weeks.

But Network Rail and contractors Amco, have finished repairs to the 265-yard long Holme Tunnel which was built in 1849 and full services were due to be resumed today.

Around 400 tonnes of steelwork, 3,000 tonnes of concrete and 2,800 tonnes of ballast, 2,000 railway sleepers and 2.6km of track have gone into transforming and strengthening the tunnel, near Cliviger, over the past four months.

Years of land slips in the Ice Age gorge had caused the structure to gradually deteriorate and reduce the line speed to just 20mph.

Now the speed limit for the tunnel, which is also used for Leeds to Manchester Victoria trains, can now be raised to 45mph.

The works will prove crucial to commuter travel times when the delayed new East Lancashire to Manchester service begins, as promised, this December. A new train is being secured for the higher-speed route.

The next significant scheme for East Lancashire's railways will see the line between Colne and Rose Grove Station shut for nine days from March 30 to allow for the track to be upgraded.

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6:17pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Darwen Malc says...

Come on LT, get your facts right.
You quote "Now the speed limit for the tunnel, which is also used for Leeds to Manchester Victoria trains, can now be raised to 45mph." Whenever did Leeds to Manchester trains ever run via the line through Cliviger?
Come on LT, get your facts right. You quote "Now the speed limit for the tunnel, which is also used for Leeds to Manchester Victoria trains, can now be raised to 45mph." Whenever did Leeds to Manchester trains ever run via the line through Cliviger? Darwen Malc
  • Score: 10

7:49pm Mon 24 Mar 14

johnley says...

all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.
all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it. johnley
  • Score: 7

7:49pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Noiticer says...

Good to see years of neglect being sorted out albeit rather late in time but 45 mph down through Cliviger is poor - time for further upgrades to at least 60mph.
Good to see years of neglect being sorted out albeit rather late in time but 45 mph down through Cliviger is poor - time for further upgrades to at least 60mph. Noiticer
  • Score: 4

10:27pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Ex-Darrener says...

As Darwen Malc has already pointed out, this has been written by someone well lacking local knowledge, which is rather silly for a local paper. Leeds to Blackpool trains go through this tunnel and the intention, ad the headline suggests, is for the new Burnley to Manchester service to go that way. But Leeds to Manchester Vic (strangely precise for wrong info) - nowhere near.
As Darwen Malc has already pointed out, this has been written by someone well lacking local knowledge, which is rather silly for a local paper. Leeds to Blackpool trains go through this tunnel and the intention, ad the headline suggests, is for the new Burnley to Manchester service to go that way. But Leeds to Manchester Vic (strangely precise for wrong info) - nowhere near. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 3

12:04am Tue 25 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

johnley wrote:
all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.
Once they've got the rolling stock which, contrary to this article, was ORIGINALLY scheduled to be received in time for the May timetable changes. Thank You very much, Mrs Thatcher, and all you money grubbing Tories/.
[quote][p][bold]johnley[/bold] wrote: all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.[/p][/quote]Once they've got the rolling stock which, contrary to this article, was ORIGINALLY scheduled to be received in time for the May timetable changes. Thank You very much, Mrs Thatcher, and all you money grubbing Tories/. Darren1951
  • Score: 3

8:01am Tue 25 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

At last! It's all fixed, I'am fed up of having to scramble to semi luxury coaches to shunt into yorkshire then back to lancashire again, it's caused a lot of heartache upset and anger for myself and others.
At last! It's all fixed, I'am fed up of having to scramble to semi luxury coaches to shunt into yorkshire then back to lancashire again, it's caused a lot of heartache upset and anger for myself and others. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 6

8:33am Tue 25 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
At last! It's all fixed, I'am fed up of having to scramble to semi luxury coaches to shunt into yorkshire then back to lancashire again, it's caused a lot of heartache upset and anger for myself and others.
Hear, hear! But, typically, the Northern Rail and Network Rail websites gave conflicting information, which was presumably in place since the work started, back in November. One of the sites said reopening was scheduled for yesterday, 24/3, but the other gave it as Friday, 28/3. Typical of the current day shambles of a railway system!
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: At last! It's all fixed, I'am fed up of having to scramble to semi luxury coaches to shunt into yorkshire then back to lancashire again, it's caused a lot of heartache upset and anger for myself and others.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear! But, typically, the Northern Rail and Network Rail websites gave conflicting information, which was presumably in place since the work started, back in November. One of the sites said reopening was scheduled for yesterday, 24/3, but the other gave it as Friday, 28/3. Typical of the current day shambles of a railway system! Darren1951
  • Score: 6

11:46am Tue 25 Mar 14

rudis_dad says...

Darren1951 wrote:
johnley wrote:
all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.
Once they've got the rolling stock which, contrary to this article, was ORIGINALLY scheduled to be received in time for the May timetable changes. Thank You very much, Mrs Thatcher, and all you money grubbing Tories/.
Oh do keep up. The issue regarding the rolling stock was connected with the reopening of the Todmorden curve and the extra trains that were to be scheduled to run on it. The above article has got nothing to do with that. And since when did a socialist government ever get anything right?
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnley[/bold] wrote: all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.[/p][/quote]Once they've got the rolling stock which, contrary to this article, was ORIGINALLY scheduled to be received in time for the May timetable changes. Thank You very much, Mrs Thatcher, and all you money grubbing Tories/.[/p][/quote]Oh do keep up. The issue regarding the rolling stock was connected with the reopening of the Todmorden curve and the extra trains that were to be scheduled to run on it. The above article has got nothing to do with that. And since when did a socialist government ever get anything right? rudis_dad
  • Score: -2

11:55am Tue 25 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

rudis_dad wrote:
Darren1951 wrote:
johnley wrote:
all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.
Once they've got the rolling stock which, contrary to this article, was ORIGINALLY scheduled to be received in time for the May timetable changes. Thank You very much, Mrs Thatcher, and all you money grubbing Tories/.
Oh do keep up. The issue regarding the rolling stock was connected with the reopening of the Todmorden curve and the extra trains that were to be scheduled to run on it. The above article has got nothing to do with that. And since when did a socialist government ever get anything right?
That's as maybe, but the trains which will EVENTUALLY use the Tod curve will be travelling through this tunnel, so not entirely unconnected.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnley[/bold] wrote: all they need now, is for passengers to afford to use it.[/p][/quote]Once they've got the rolling stock which, contrary to this article, was ORIGINALLY scheduled to be received in time for the May timetable changes. Thank You very much, Mrs Thatcher, and all you money grubbing Tories/.[/p][/quote]Oh do keep up. The issue regarding the rolling stock was connected with the reopening of the Todmorden curve and the extra trains that were to be scheduled to run on it. The above article has got nothing to do with that. And since when did a socialist government ever get anything right?[/p][/quote]That's as maybe, but the trains which will EVENTUALLY use the Tod curve will be travelling through this tunnel, so not entirely unconnected. Darren1951
  • Score: 6

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