Accessibility work on Greater Manchester train station delayed due to discovery of disused mine shafts

The shafts are set to be surveyed ahead of the work
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Work to improve accessibility at a Greater Manchester train station has been delayed due to the discovery of mine shafts. The historic shafts have been uncovered underneath Walkden station. 

The work, when completed, will make the 136-year-old train station accessible to all. A new lift will be installed in the station once the mine shaft issues are fully understood by Network Rail. 

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For the work to be carried out, Walkden station will be closed from March 3 to 10. Passengers are urged to plan ahead for trips during this week.  

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Walkden Train Station

Tommy Fleming, sponsor at Network Rail, said: “I’m sorry for the delay of these much-needed improvements at Walkden station. We are working hard to deliver this project, and these specialist surveys are the next step of that process.

“I advise passengers to check before they travel at National Rail or with their train operator on Sunday 3 and 10 March. Thank you for your patience.”