Category Archives: Rail

Trains, trams and the like related to the region around Preston.

Ribble Steam Railway trains at Easter

Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks will be running steam-diesel trains on Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 11am.  Trains every 45 minutes or thereabouts. Museum and Workshop, Shop and Cafe to enjoy as well.

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Transport Improvements all around Preston

Trams, trains, roads are in the news. Trampower, the company who have been promoting a light rail system in Preston, are pushing to be allowed to run a one mile test track in Deepdale. This will use the old Longridge … Continue reading

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New Roads, New Houses in and around Preston

As part of the City Deal, Preston will get new homes in the centre at Avenham and Winckley Square, plus new homes at the north west corner. New roads including a Broughton by-pass and western link road from the M55 … Continue reading

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What’s my train franchise, announcement for North of England

The new rail franchises for the north of England effecting most Preston services, except Virgin, were announced this week and beginning 1st April 2016 the train operators will be: Arriva / Rail North to operate the Northern Rail Services until … Continue reading

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Ribble Steam Railway announces its Santa Specials

Santa will be riding on the Ribble Steam Railway Santa Specials in Preston on Saturdays and Sundays and one Monday in December 2015. Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th December 2015 Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th  December 2015 Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Monday … Continue reading

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Transport Investment around Preston

On top of the Northern Hub which will deliver electrified rail for the rail links from Preston to Manchester via Bolton and via Wigan and to Blackpool we have fresh discussion on a ‘northern powerhouse’. The Northern Powerhouse is the … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail Northern Route – 2032!

The high speed rail route beyond Birmingham has been announced today.  The northwest terminus will be four new platforms at Piccadilly in Manchester and there will be a parkway station at Manchester Airport.  A link to the West Coast Main … Continue reading

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Breaking the Bottle Necks with the Central Lancashire Transport Plan to 2025

Lancashire County Council today published a transport paper that will be subject of public consultation in front of a government inspector in early 2013. The cost of the plan is estimated at £275million. It isn’t clear if a replacement Preston … Continue reading

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Owner of the former BTR Leyland sells off rail interests

When I left school I went for an interview at BTR (British Tyre and Rubber) in Leyland but luckily they didn’t want me. That factory closed with the downturn in manufacturing and end of Leyland Motors as a stand-alone company. … Continue reading

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Virgin rail service in Preston decision due

The familiar Virgin rail might be about to be exited from Preston station. This week a decision on which company runs the West Coast Main Line from the 10th December 2012 will be made. Rumour has it that First Group … Continue reading

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Preston Guild 2012 turns up the heat

Preston comes together as events are announced for the 2012 Guild.  Here are four unmissables: The new multi-million pound ‘Discover Preston’ display in the Harris Museum, opened on 28th July, is something I’ve been burning to see.  On Friday 17th … Continue reading

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Preston area Rail Electrification dates announced

Network Rail have announced the dates for electrified rail services near Preston as follows: Manchester to West Coast Main Line and Newton-le-Willows, December 2013 Newton-le-Willows to Liverpool Lime Street; Hyton to Wigan, December 2014 Preston to Blackpool, December 2015 Manchester … Continue reading

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Electrification of the Manchester to Blackpool line

The Chancellor confirmed in Wednesday’s budget what had been stated before. That the line from Manchester to Blackpool via Preston will be electrified.  Just to remind us that some money is flowing into the North West, although it doesn’t compare … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail to Preston

Ben Wallace MP for Wyre and Preston North spoke in parliament on including Preston in the High Speed Rail route, HS2. To which Justine Greening replied as below. As reported in ‘they work for you’: Ben Wallace (Wyre and Preston North, … Continue reading

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Trams in Preston – Edinburgh’s lessons

For quite some time there has been the idea of building a tram track and trams in Preston using part of the old Longridge rail line, including a route along Church Street. On paper this seems a good idea enabling … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail consultation period ends

The High Speed Rail consultation period concluded at the end of July and decision making will take until the end of the year. At present the line is planned to extend as far as Manchester in the north-west but it … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail challenge

Today the public consultation begins on the High Speed 2 rail link from London to the North, and campaigners who live near London are rallying support.  The campaigners are mainly those who won’t get direct benefit from the line and are objecting on environmental … Continue reading

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Manchester to Blackpool rail electrification by 2016

Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Transport, stated in Parliament on the 25th November 2010: ‘The Chancellor also announced on 20 October the electrification of the lines between Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool, representing an investment of up to £300 … Continue reading

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Manchester to Blackpool Rail Electrification

It was a surprise to discover the good news announced in the governments spending review on 21st October 2010 seemed to have no coverage.  Here is what the chancellor said: ‘In the North West, we will invest in rail electrification between Manchester, … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail to go ahead

It was announced this week that the extension of high speed rail north from London will go ahead and not be part of a spending reduction. The statement was that building would begin in 2015 to Birmingham and then be extended to Manchester … Continue reading

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