A Network Rail press release reports the beginning of work on electrification between Manchester and Stalybridge. Initially, two road bridges are to close for reconstruction:
Osborne Street, Collyhurst: Closed 19 August - 16 February 2014.
Henrietta Street, Ashton-under-Lyne: Closed 2 September – 21 December 2013
Temporary footbridges will be provided to maintain pedestrian access.
Residents in Ashton-under-Lyne can find out more about the project at a drop in session between 16:30 and 20:00 on Tuesday 13 August at:
Village Hotel, Ashton MossPamir Drive,
I note that this release describes the electrification from Manchester Victoria and Guide Bridge to Stalybridge as Phase Five of the North West electrification programme.