Regional rail improvements

There are plans for a multi-million pound investment into rail improvements across the region. Network Rail wants to create a hub in York worth £560 million to increase the number of services in the north of England by 700 services per day.

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Investment in regional rail

The cities of Leeds and Sheffield are the big winners in today's announcement by Network Rail of a four billion pounds investment over the next five years.

There has been anger today in Hull and Lincoln, which are both set to lose out on huge improvements which will lead to more trains and faster trains. David Hirst reports.

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Rail improvements will make connections faster

Phil Verster, Network Rail's Route Managing Director for London North Eastern, the route which connects the capital with the Calendar region, says the plans for improvements to the network will make connections between northern cities faster and more efficient.

Key items in the plan include the new Rail Operating Centre in York which is already being built which will allow us to consolidate our signalling and improve efficiency. The Northern Hub development and electrification will deliver more frequent, faster, greener connections between our northern cities.

– Phil Verster, Network Rail

Rail improvements 'a boost to business'

Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis says investment in the region's rail infrastructure will make West Yorkshire a better place to do business. Network Rail wants to create a hub in York worth £560 million to increase the number of services in the north of England by 700 services per day.

Platform lengthening, changes to Huddersfield Rail Station and the ability to run more services east of Leeds to relieve pressure on Leeds Rail Station will all help to meet the forecast increase in the number of rail journeys made each year. These developments will build upon the work Metro is already carrying out to develop new stations at Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor.

– Cllr James Lewis, Metro Chairman

"Further afield, the commitment to complete the Northern Hub proposals at Manchester, together with trans-Pennine electrification and improvements to the East Coast Main Line will all help to make West Yorkshire a better place to do business in.

"Metro will work hard with our industry partners to ensure that these vital schemes are fully funded and included in the next Network Rail five-year funding period, starting in 2014, and that we can continue this work through the Yorkshire Rail Network Study in the medium term."

Investment in regional rail

There are plans for a multi-million pound investment into rail improvements across the region.

Network Rail wants to create a hub in York worth £560 million to increase the number of services in the north of England by 700 services per day.

They also believe this will create 20,000 jobs and will lead to shorter journey times.

Some of the plans include:

  • Doubling Dore junction and Calder Valley journey time improvement
  • Electrifying the trans-Pennine route, including Selby to Micklefield, and introducing new, more reliable and faster trains connectivity to address key bottlenecks
  • Leeds station new platforms to improve capacity
  • Harrogate station capacity
  • New turnback facility at Micklefield
  • Tram Train pilot connecting to Sheffield Supertram.

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