19 miles of Calder Valley track being upgraded between Manchester Victoria and Bradford

October 2017
  • The upgrade will provide faster journeys and allow more trains to run across the network.
  • New platform built at Rochdale will reduce the number of trains stationed at Manchester Victoria.
  • Track remodelled to connect the new bay platform to the network, allowing faster services to pass through the station and cutting journey times

A railway upgrade is underway to transform 19 miles of track, stations and structures along the Calder Valley route between Manchester Victoria and Bradford interchange. The upgrade will provide faster journeys and allow more trains to run across the network.

The upgrade is progressing well with a new bay platform already been built at Rochdale station, enabling more trains to run between the station and Manchester Victoria. These improvements have meant fewer trains are stationed in Manchester Victoria, releasing capacity on the network and keeping more passengers moving.

The track has also been remodelled around Rochdale station to connect the new bay platform to the network and allow faster services to pass through the station. These improvements mean quicker journeys on the Calder Valley line.

Network Rail will continue with the upgrades between Littleborough and Bradford Interchange by renewing and lowering track and upgrading signalling.

Once complete, 19 miles of the Calder Valley route will be upgraded to allow faster trains to run on the network. The project is part of the multi‐billion‐pound Great North Rail Project, a rail industry team effort to transform train travel for customers in the north of England by Network Rail, Northern, TransPennine Express, Transport for the North and DfT.

Further information
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/lne-and-em/calder-valley