Contracts to upgrade the Transpennine route between York and Manchester have been awarded by Network Rail to two alliances.
The rail enhancements that are set to take place will improve the speed and efficiency of the line, giving better connectivity for businesses and better passenger journeys.
The alliance made up of Network Rail, BAM Nuttall, Amey and Arup will now put together infrastructure designs for the Transpennine route; other parts of the contract include upgrades to track, railway systems, civils and electrification West of Leeds.
This last part is important, given that many feel electrification in the north should be prioritised, rather than throwing more money to Crossrail 2.
It is hoped that, following completion of the upgrade, faster, more frequent and more reliable services will be enjoyed on the Transpennine route, from Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds.
Paul Mckeown is the Director of Route Sponsorship for Network Rail’s London North Eastern and East Midlands route.
He said this scheme is part of a focus on infrastructure improvements.
“We are focused on developing the potential infrastructure enhancements that will lead to faster, more frequent and more reliable train services across the north and will submit these to the Department for Transport at the end of the year.”
The project is part of the Great North Rail Project, which is set to transform rail travel in the north of England.
In recent weeks, we have seen the benefits of this wider programme of works in the region, with Liverpool Lime Street now reopened after a phase of work that saw platforms constructed and extended to allow the station to run more frequent train services in the future.
This latest Network Rail contract, which is also part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will now see the alliances working collaboratively with the owner and infrastructure manager of the rail network to submit infrastructure options before the end of the year to the Department for Transport.