Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Progress Reports

A number of correspondents have provided progress updates:
  • A work site, currently empty, has appeared just west of Huyton Junction on the north side of the line at the site of Huyton Quarry station.
  • Mast bases have started appearing between Huyton and Eccleston Park.
  • Lots of new cable troughing and new rails in the Newton/Earlestown area.
  • The switching/substation site at Newton-le-Willows appears externally complete.
  • Wiring also appears complete on the Parkside Junction to Lowton Junction curve.
  • The length of catenary going east from Parkside Junction is getting a lot longer.
  • New cable troughing is being laid east of Eccles.
My thanks to all who took the trouble to email me.


  1. Looks like things are hotting up now.

    I heard within a rail forum that another firm have been brought in to do the wiring, whilst the existing firm will concentrate on putting up the structures and cantilevers in preparation for the new wiring team.

  2. There are quite a few separate contracts and sub-contracts involved, I think.

  3. Whilst talking in a forum today, I have been told that mast bases already in place between Huyton to St Helens Central have now started appearing at Garswood.

  4. Oh, whilst talking within the forum, I've also been told that the wires between Newton-le-Willows to Ordsall Lane Junction are getting switched on Sunday 4th August.

    Well, they need to get a move on then but I can safely say far more catenary is in place than of late!