Northern Rail Industry Leaders (NRIL) have thrown their weight behind Sheffield City Region’s Integrated Rail Plan.
Justin Moss is the Co-Chair of NRIL and he said the plan is “very positive” in its approach to connecting up a range of different projects.
He believes rail investment can boost the region’s rail connectivity and overall will have “transformational impacts” on the region.
The NRIL is committed to supporting the rail industry in the region, bringing together businesses to help with this; its leadership and industry expertise is integral for the successful delivery of rail services in the north.
It comprises of an east and west contingent, representing approximately 40 organisations in the rail industry, supported by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Transport for the North (TfN).
The organisation is committed to discovering the best ways to deliver rail services for the north region through rail investment and earlier this year, published its Building the North’s New Railways report, demonstrating how the rail industry in the region, the government, TfN and other key organisations can work together to deliver the best for the region.
Sheffield City Region’s Integrated Rail Plan has been welcomed by the Department for Transport (DfT), setting out the best ways to connect Sheffield’s economic and urban centres to enable better flow of goods and businesses.
The plan also takes into account environmental concerns and safety.
And the NRIL’s Co-Chair said: “We welcome the Sheffield City Region Integrated Rail Plan which shows how the region can boost connectivity through rail investment.
“It is very positive to see the region looking at how it can connect up different planned projects, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, as well as improvements to the Midlands Main Line and Tram Train system, all of which will have transformational impacts to the Sheffield City Region.”