A much-needed state-of-the-art rail depot which cost £46 million to build has opened in Wigan.
The existing freight train yard at Springs Branch, Ince, has been transformed by Network Rail to provide a huge base for Northern trains to be stored overnight.
It is hoped this will help the troubled operator, which will enter public ownership from March, to manage its fleet more effectively and improve the reliability of its services.
The depot, funded by the Department of Transport (DfT), was built as part of the Great North Rail Project, an industry-wide effort to improve train travel for customers across the region.
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Train bosses say the 'much-needed' base in Ince will make services more reliable