Rail passengers are being warned of disruption lasting 19 weeks for work on the line between Preston and Blackpool. The Great North Rail Project, part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan, is Network Rail's upgrades to track and platforms at Blackpool North and Kirkham & Wesham stations. For Network Rail to do this work sections of the railway will need to close to Northern train services. Buses will replace trains during these closures. Between Saturday 11 November and Sunday 28 January 2018 the railway will be completely closed between Preston and Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations. After that parts will be partially re-opened.