Funding announced for northern rail routes

£3.9 million pounds has been announced to deliver better journeys, more quickly for passengers and freight in the North.

Work on the Transpennine Route Upgrade will be accelerated and should lead to quicker journey times, reduced carbon emissions and more reliable services between key northern cities.

Once completed, the upgrade will offer improved services on the Manchester-Huddersfield-Leeds-York route.

Rail users will benefit from a fully-electrified line, accessible stations and more frequent services.

Rail minister Huw Merriman said: "The Transpennine Route Upgrade represents the first major step in delivering transformed east-west connectivity in the north and I’m delighted to announce this multi-billion-pound funding boost to move to the next stage of delivery.

"Today’s announcement demonstrates this government’s commitment to delivering its Network North plan which will improve journeys, help to level up regions and grow the economy."


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