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Disruption for East Lancashire rail users
MAJOR repair work dates have been confirmed for East Lancashire’s rail connection with West Yorkshire and beyond.
Rail engineers have announced that the Holme Tunnel in Cliviger will be closed for strengthening works for 20 weeks starting in November.
The project for the 265-yard stretch is going ahead before the re-opening of the Todmorden Curve next May, which will intensify the tunnel’s usage.
This will mean ongoing disruption for the Blackpool North to York service, which serves Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road stations.
No trains will be running between Burnley Manchester Road and Hebden Bridge, and the opposite direction, from November 9.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “It is important that this engineering work takes place as the ground surrounding the tunnel has moved and the walls of the tunnel are distorted.
“At the moment, there is a 20mph speed limit for trains going through the tunnel and by doing this engineering work the speed limit can be raised to 45mph and ensure that train services can continue running along this route.”
Replacement buses will be provided at both the Burnley and Hebden Bridge stations and replacement timetables will be posted along the line, and online, starting next month.
The new East Lancashire to Manchester service is scheduled to begin next May.
It will run along the route, as well as an additional stop at Rose Grove, which is set to cut journey times to the city to below an hour.
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