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Note: This is a sub-section of Woodhead Tunnels
1953 The first two Woodhead Tunnels were replaced by Woodhead 3 which was bored purposely for the electrification of the route and was completed in 1953. The tunnel was opened by the then transport minister Alan Lennox-Boyd on 3 June 1954. It was designed by Sir William Halcrow and Partners.
The railway line through this tunnel was electrified at 1,500V DC in a project known as the Manchester-Sheffield-Wath electrification.