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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.
Network Rail insist improvements to the rail lines in the North of England, including a rail hub based in York, will cut journey times and improve business prospects.
Railfuture, a campaign fighting for better railways, says Network Rail's improvement of the rail infrastructure in our region is 'tremendous' but the electrification of lines doesn't go far enough. Chris Hyome from the group has spoken to Calendar's Tina Gelder.
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.
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.
"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."
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.