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Number of platforms to be reduced by two at Blackpool North railway station

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The number of platforms at Blackpool North railway station is to be reduced from eight to six as part of remodelling work by Network Rail.

Electrification work and upgrades on the Blackpool-Preston line means that Blackpool North’s track layout and platforms need to be simplified so trains can exit the station more efficiently, according to Network Rail.

Work will also take place at the station’s train depot to accommodate greener and quieter electric trains. This covers changing the track layout, installing new electrical overhead line equipment and building a new train washing facility.

Electric trains will run on the route from Preston to Blackpool North from May 2018.

Network Rail’s head of programme management Noel Connolly said, ‘This work forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will deliver better, greener and more efficient services for passengers in the north of England.

‘I’d like to thank local residents and passengers for their patience while we carry this out. We will take all possible measures to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.’

Blackpool North station. Credit: Malc McDonald.
The platforms at Blackpool North station. Credit: Malc McDonald.

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