WIGAN – BOLTON ELECTRIFICATION - Business case trumps high cost


Set to be wired: Northern’s Nos 150128/156420 form the 13.31 Southport to Stalybridge at Westhoughton, on the Wigan to Lostock stretch, on 4 October 2021.
Tom McAtee

There were sucked teeth in the industry when Government approval for the electrification of the six miles of double track railway between Wigan East and Lostock Junction was announced at the beginning of September. The cost of £78 million equated to £3.9 million per single track kilometre (stkm).

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