Bamford loop works

Work underway to remove Manchester-Sheffield bottlenecks

The upgrade works are designed to eliminate bottle necks. 2023, Network Rail

The first 340 metres of new track have been installed as part of the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade, Network Rail said this week. The upgrade project is designed bottlenecks along the route between Manchester and Sheffield.

Work is currently ongoing at Bamford on the Hope Valley line. There, a new 1-kilometre passing loop should enable faster trains to continue uninterrupted while slower trains can make use of the new track. The bypass runs between the Bamford and Hathersage stations. This projects and the other upgrades on the line are backed by 137 million pounds (153 million euros) in government funding. At Hathersage West, a new overbridge will also be installed.

The Hope Valley Railway Upgrade has been ongoing for some time. Since January, over 700 metres of track in the Dore & Totley ward. The second line in the area also necessitated improvements to the local station, such as a new platform and footbrigde.

Other Hope Valley Railway Upgrade include improvements to the signalling system on the line as well as platform extension at stations along the route so that trains with additional carriages can call there.

“These vital improvements will transform journeys on the historic Hope Valley line, making services faster and more reliable for passengers in the North. Backed by £137 million Government funding, the upgrades will boost connections between two thriving Northern cities while ensuring our stations are inclusive and accessible for all”, rail minister Huw Merriman said of the project.

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1 comment op “Work underway to remove Manchester-Sheffield bottlenecks”

bönström bönström|21.02.23|23:45

Comparatives, “more” etc., just is better, but not good.
Short of redundancy and most vulnerable, any bottleneck now has to be targeted!
(Until virtually sustainable, railways remain the low quality mode.
Resilient, all other modes upgrade, for added load and lower costs. )
At railways, rails, basics, is most frequent cause of derailments.
Low price railway infrastructure, now has turned devastatingly costly, as “green”, advocated Excuse, for extras – upon majority, clients of road trucks…

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