Blackpool to Preston Rail Closure - How Blackpool Transport Are Involved

25 Days Ago 25th Oct

Palladium bus on Rail Replacement at Blackpool North

What's happening?
Network Rail is upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool as part of a £1bn+ investment in the north to deliver cleaner, quieter and more reliable journeys by May 2018.

The route between Preston and Blackpool North will be fully electrified paving the way for better trains with more seats. The layout of the track will also be improved and signalling equipment modernised to reduce delays and improve performance.

Blackpool North and Kirkham & Wesham stations will be remodelled as part of plans to simplify the current layout of the railway.

Keeping you moving
Improvement work has been planned to affect rail transport in and out of Blackpool as little as possible and Northern Rail are committed to keeping passengers moving.

Changes to train services:

11 November 2017 – 25 March 2018

The line between Preston and Blackpool will temporarily close to deliver quieter and more reliable journeys from 2018, alongside investment in better journeys right across the region.

 • 11 November 2017 – 28 January 2018: Preston to Blackpool North and South closed.

•  29 January 2018 – 25 March 2018: Route to Blackpool South reopens – Preston to Blackpool North remains closed.

Buses will replace trains so please check before you travel and allow extra time for your journey.

How are Blackpool Transport involved?
Blackpool Transport will be running some Rail Replacement bus journeys between Blackpool North – Preston using our Palladium Double Decker E400 buses, but not every replacement bus journey will be operated by Blackpool Transport.

All replacement bus journeys are operated on behalf of Northern Rail and you should purchase your tickets and travel in the same way as you would when travelling on a train. Blackpool Transport passes or saver tickets will not be valid for use on Rail Replacement bus journeys.

The good news is that whilst journey times are slightly longer, you get all the benefits of Palladium when travelling on our buses. Free WiFi, USB charging points, comfy E-leather seats, next stop audio/visual announcements and more! There's even mobile phone device holders built in to the back of each seat so you can sit back and relax - not to mention space for two wheelchair user's on most of these buses along with tables on the upper deck to keep you seated with your friends or family.

Check the Rail Replacement bus timetable to plan your journey.

Watch a video which details the plans throughout the upgrade works.

If you have any questions regarding Blackpool Transports involvement in the Rail Replacement bus journeys please get in touch with a member of the team.

If you have any queries or feedback relating to rail travel, onward journey planning or any other questions you can contact the Northern team.