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Transpennine rail line to be fully electrified

Transpennine rail line to be fully electrified

Published by David Dunning at 6:45am 23rd July 2020.

The Transpennine railway line from West Yorkshire to Manchester is finally to be fully electrified.

  • The government is investing more than £600m in the rail network in the North.  
  • The money will be spent on electrification of the Transpennine rail line between West Yorkshire and Manchester.  
  • There will be more services to connect with trains from Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate.

It's thanks to more then £600m worth of investment in the northern rail network by the government.  

The most congested section of the route will also be doubled from two to four tracks, allowing fast trains to overtake slower ones, improving journey times and reliability for passengers across the North.

The changes will bring longer and more frequent trains and create more local capacity along the line. 

It will mean that there will be more services to connect with trains from Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate.

Upgrades to allow more freight on the route, replacing thousands of diesel lorry journeys with electric freight trains, will also be considered in the Plan.

Work is also underway to tackle the bottlenecks at either end of the route, without which the upgrade's potential cannot be fulfilled.

Leeds station is being resignalled and a new platform is being built. In central Manchester, development funding was awarded last month to tackle rail congestion. 

Transport Secretary and Northern Powerhouse Minister Grant Shapps said: 

“People across the North rightly expect action, progress and ambition, and this government is determined to accelerate improvements as we invest billions to level up the region’s infrastructure. 

“We are determined to build back better at pace, and this new council will allow us to engage collectively and directly with elected northern leaders to build the vital projects the region is crying out for.” 

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, who is also Northallerton's MP, said:

“Levelling-up opportunity will be key in our recovery from Coronavirus - and our long-term success will rely on having world-class infrastructure in all parts of the country.

The Transpennine rail upgrade shows we are delivering on our promises to the North.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: 

“This feels like a gear change from the government in the delivery of transport improvements in the North of England and I welcome the new drive that the Transport Secretary is bringing to this"