Network Rail and Northern, part of Arriva Group, officially opened the new train depot in Wigan, Greater Manchester, located just off the West Coast main line. The facility became operational in December 2019.
The GBP 46 million (EUR 54.2 million) depot provides additional space for Northern to stable and maintain 24 electric and 8 diesel trains overnight in preparation for services across the north the following day.
Senior representatives from the DfT, Arriva Rail North, Network Rail and Wigan Council will be available for interview on the day.
The facility has a 2.5 km of tracks, 46 new pylons and 2.65 km of overhead line equipment. Five new service platforms have been built and 1,000m of walkways for staff to operate the facility safely.
The depot also delivers train washing and refuelling facilities.
To allow the depot to stable more services to Wigan North Western, Network Rail will begin work to alter platform bays two and three at Wigan North Western station on the West Coast main line in summer 2020.