The track between Preston and Blackpool is slowly being electrified. Bridges have been raised and the track lowered in places, curves have been straightened and points removed to improve speed. In late 2017/early 2018 Blackpool Station will be remodelled and the signalling control transferred to Manchester. The wiring will be finished and new electrified services will be operated from May 2018.
This will involve closing the line from Preston to Blackpool North and South in winter and Network Rail are holding information events at various locations along the route to provide information about the next phase of work. These are:
Wednesday 26 July 16:00-19:00 at Kirkham Town Council, The community Centre, Mill Street, Kirkham, PR4 2AN
Monday 31 July 16:00-19:00 at Poulton Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, FY6 7PU
Monday 21 August 16:00-19:00 at The Lund Vicarage Church Hall, Clifton, PR4 0ZE
Tuesday 22 August 16:00-19:00 at Ashton Methodist Church, Wellington Road, Preston, PR2 1BU
Tuesday 29 August 14:00-18:00 at Blackpool North station, Talbot Road, FY1 3AZ
We hope most trains will be electric although those to Blackpool South and those from Blackpool North to York will still be diesel.