To boost faster and more frequent journeys, the government has promised to upgrade the Transpennine Route between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds, and York.
The entire project would cost around £3.9 billion, and already £3 billion has been invested and is expected to deliver electrified tracks by mid-2030.
The announcement comes after the HS2 route planned between Birmingham and Manchester was shelved in October.
Defending his move, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to reallocate the money to other transportation schemes, such as the Network North project, which joins northern cities by rail, and the Midland Rail Hub to connect 50 stations.
Rail Minister Huw Merriman stated: “The Transpennine Route Upgrade represents the first major step in delivering transformed east-west connectivity in the north, and I’m delighted to announce this multibillion-pound funding boost to move to the next stage of delivery.”
“Today’s announcement demonstrates this government’s commitment to delivering its Network North plan, which will improve journeys, help to level up regions, and grow the economy.”
The funds would be spent on doubling the number of existing tracks from two to four between Huddersfield and Ravensthrope. This would allow faster trains to overtake the slowing, moving freight trains and stopping trains.
By the mid-2030s, the project would be complete, with eight trains per hour and more than a hundred extra seats, by cutting the journey time between Manchester and York by ten minutes, as per the government.
The investment will also include supporting digital signaling along the route, allowing closer spacing between the trains. Thus, it would lead to more frequent and reliable services.
The investment will also support digital signaling along the route to allow trains to run closer together, leading to more frequent and reliable services.
The managing director for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, Neil Holm, conveyed: “(The) Transpennine Route Upgrade is well underway with building the infrastructure that brings passengers more frequent, faster, greener trains that run on a better, cleaner, and more reliable railway for generations to come.”
“This commitment by the government to our program allows us to move two of our largest projects from design into construction and delivery.”
- Published By Team Timeswire