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First step of Manchester-Liverpool rail electrification complete

Network Rail has completed the first stage of work to electrify the railway between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street, following a £3M investment to rebuild three bridges.

This “early work” was needed to modify key structures along the railway in the Salford area, before overhead power cables are installed next year.

Albert Street bridge has now reopened after a 20 week closure, with Old Wellington Road and Chadwick’s footbridge expected to re-open in the next few days.

Network Rail said the electrification project is still at an early stage. Work to electrify the railway between Manchester and Liverpool via Newton-le-Willows is expected to be completed by 2014, with the wider programme of work across the North West to be delivered by 2016.

Network Rail route director Jo Kaye said: “The opening of Albert Street bridge marks the first major step in a programme of work that will improve rail links across the north west, better connecting our towns and cities.”

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