To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he plans for electric rail passenger services to start operating between (a) Manchester and Liverpool and (b) Liverpool and Wigan.
3 February 2015
As part of this Government’s commitment to the over £1billion Northern Hub upgrade and North of England electrification programme, Network Rail is working to complete the installation of the overhead wires on the Chat Moss routes via Newton-le-Willows through February. We expect electric trains to enter passenger service on the Chat Moss route between Liverpool and Manchester once Network Rail has completed this work and the Office of Rail Regulation has authorised its use for passenger trains. Electric trains are expected to enter service between Liverpool and Wigan from May.