The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
This is interesting and potentially far reaching as the new timetable, for introduction next May, was meant to have this electrified route up and running. If it’s not then it potentially causes all sorts of problems and the Northern rail franchise in particular may well be in a pickle.
In a pickle because they along with other rail operating companies have either been ordering new rolling stock and/or getting it cascaded to them from other franchise operators. If you have too many electric powered trains because there’s a late completion of a project such as the Manchester – Preston electrification and too few diesel trains trains because you were expecting to be running electric ones then that’s the pickle.
This then means that planned for service improvements, long promised and planned for, may be delayed. And it could be that rail operating companies like Northern may well be saying to Network Rail and the Department for Transport that it’s a pickle they are jointly responsible for not the rail operating company, so sort out the mess and don’t be blaming us!
Here’s a link to a Network Rail video about the difficulties they have encountered on the Manchester – Preston route electrification:-
With thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting