Passengers are being warned of weekend rail disruption as a Huddersfield railway bridge is replaced.
As part of the multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade electrification scheme, engineers will replace Fieldhouse Lane bridge this August.
The work takes place over the first two weekends in August (August 6 and 7 and August 13 and 14) but the majority of trains through Huddersfield will continue to run via Brighouse and the Calder Valley route on the newly-reinforced Calder Valley line.
People planning to catch the train should check before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator for the latest updates.
Over the last two years, the Calder Valley line has undergone major work to make it more resilient, especially when faced with heavy downpours. The improvements will be on show this August as the route is used at its full capacity, carrying an additional two trains per hour.
Further enhancements will eventually allow the Calder Valley route, which runs between Leeds and Manchester, to run an additional three trains per hour, giving passengers a better chance of finding a seat.
Hannah Lomas, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “It’s brilliant to see the years of improvement work on the Calder Valley line come into use, allowing us to complete this essential bridge upgrade in Huddersfield while also allowing passengers to continue travelling by train.
“The new and improved route will act as a vital diversion now and into the future as we deliver faster, cleaner, more frequent journeys for passengers travelling between York, Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester.”
Kathryn O’Brien, customer service and operations director for TransPennine Express, said: “The work taking place this August is vital to the TransPennine Route Upgrade (TRU) programme and will affect TransPennine Express services in and out of Huddersfield, leading to a number of service alterations.
“We will do all we can to keep customers on the move, and the plan is to divert our trains via the upgraded Calder Valley route, with a rail replacement bus service also operating, where required.
“Customers are advised to allow additional time to travel and to check carefully for the latest travel advice on our website: www.tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/changes-to-train-times; updates will also be available on our social media channels. Additional staff will also be on hand at key stations to help make customers journeys as smooth as possible.”