Network Rail has said that round the clock working to repair a failed embankment will enable the line to reopen next week, several weeks ahead of schedule.
The slope and a section of adjacent bridge collapsed onto the Bolton to Manchester rail line at Moses Gate station on 17 August after a water main burst.
Remediation work was expected to impact on rail services for several weeks but the work has been advanced sufficiently for the line to reopen and further work to be undertaken without affecting services..
“We have worked round-the-clock to repair the damaged bridge so we can get passengers back onto trains as normal between Bolton and Manchester as soon as possible,” said Network Rail senior sponsor Andy Morgan.
“Repairing the water-damaged bridge has been a complex engineering challenge which included rebuilding a large section of wall which supports the bridge. Thankfully we have been able to fast track some of the work so Northern can run a full train service again from Wednesday 6 September.
“We continue to work with Bolton Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and United Utilities to safely finish the repairs and I thank passengers and local people for their ongoing patience.”