“Infrastructure in years, not decades” urges TfN chief

Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 would create a rail revolution for the North, according to Transport for the North Chief Executive Barry White.

In an open letter published on November 4, he said of NPR and HS2: “Delivered together, in lock-step, they would amount to a rail revolution for the One North economy we set out to achieve in 2015 - one our communities have waited for patiently.”

White claimed that the need for investment is clear: “It’s evidenced in the daily slog of today’s rail passengers. Timetabling conundrums, packed trains, passengers left on platforms - a congested network buckling under the strain of its own success. One struggling to cope today, let alone equipped to serve the predicted four-fold increase in passengers between now and 2050.”

Passengers travel from Manchester-Sheffield at half the speed of those between Milton Keynes and London, he said.

White reiterated plans for the £39 billion NPR network that he claimed would run from Liverpool-Hull and Sheffield-Newcastle, describing it as “a mix of new lines and significant upgrades bringing fast, reliable journeys to our main hubs. Millions of people better connected by rail.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 892, published on November 20, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 16.

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  • Ben H - 07/11/2019 17:55

    A tunneled route from Halifax/Elland to Littleborough, bypassing the present Hebden Bridge detour, would be a comparably quick to implement and cost effective North Trans Pennine solution. It would be just 10-15 miles and have limited disruptive effect on land use at ground level. Littleborough to Manchester Victoria has very generous curvature, fit for 125 mph. Plus, the intermediate destinations (Dewsbury, Halifax, Mirfield, Brighouse, New Pudsey) should be regarded as no less of a priority than non-stop running between Manchester and Leeds.

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