Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue was at Springs Branch railway sidings last week
Yvonne Fovargue MP for Makerfield, visited Springs Branch railway sidings last week (Friday 6 July) to view progress on the construction of brand new train maintenance facilities.
The existing freight yard in Ashton-in-Makerfield is being adapted to stable and maintain 24 electric and eight diesel trains for Northern – creating almost 20 jobs in the process.
With the number of passengers set to double in the north over the next 25 years, more depots are needed to enable the more frequent services and additional trains planned by 2020.
The location provides easy access to the electrified rail network and the £46m state-of-the-art depot will provide more flexibility for Northern to move their trains across the north overnight in preparation for services the next day. It will be brought into use from December 2019.
Yvonne Fovargue MP said: “The decision to invest at Springs Branch is good news for the local economy, providing new jobs and contributing to the wider modernisation of our rail infrastructure. I was very impressed by the scale of the works being undertaken on site and the care that is being taken to minimise disruption for residents living near to the construction site. Once completed the ‘state-of-the-art’ depot will provide more flexibility to move trains overnight in preparation for services the next day.”