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TransPennine route upgrade still a mystery; IN BRIEF.


NETWORK Rail has included an upgrade of the TransPennine railway line it in its PS47bn fiveyear Strategic Business Plan for 2019 to 2024 - but it remains unclear just what the upgrade will be.

Electrification of the line is still a possibility, Network Rail say, but its chief executive Mark Carne has said the cost of electrification is "very expensive.'' A Network Rail spokesperson told the Examiner that a series of options had been presented to the Department for Transport.

She could not say what the options were but revealed: "The TransPennine Route Upgrade aims to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of England from Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds.

"Network Rail has worked on the development of potential infrastructure options for the TransPennine Route Upgrade and has now submitted these options to the Department for Transport (DFT) for consideration."

The SBP for the TransPennine route upgrade says they want to cut 15 minutes off journey times between Manchester and York; increase the capacity with a sixth train per hour, have longer trains and "electrification options of the route from Manchester Victoria to Leeds and on to York and Selby."

As the Examiner has already revealed it will impact on local stopping services along the Colne Valley.

Network Rail says it expects the Department for Transport to make an assessment of the Outline Business Case this year.

The other two key projects named by Network Rail in their five-year plans are High Speed 2 - the section from London to Birmingham; plus the East West Rail Phase 2 (the western section) - re-establishing the link between Cambridge and Oxford.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Mar 3, 2018
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