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HSRIL warn scrapping HS2 could cost thousands of jobs

HSRIL warn scrapping HS2 could cost thousands of jobs

12 July 2019A significant report published yesterday claims that completing HS2 is essential for “smashing the UK’s north-south divide” and warns that scrapping the project could cost thousands of jobs. High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSR...

TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams

TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams

04 July 2019Passengers will be able to ‘touch-in’ using their contactless cards on Manchester Metrolink trams from July 15, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today. The introduction of the new payment option represents the first a...

Regional leaders call for HS2 to be completed all the way

Regional leaders call for HS2 to be completed all the way

21 June 2019HS2 minister, mayor of Greater Manchester and regional leaders united to back HS2 project and say it must be completed all the way

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23 May 2019Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decades to come,” more than 20 prominent local government leaders from the north and the midlands have warned. In a letter to...

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14 May 2019Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “getting stronger by the day” a new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has claimed. ...

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

30 April 2019A £14m rail freight extension in the Peak District has been unveiled by Network Rail to boost construction productivity and take lorries off the road. A disused council tip has been transformed by Network Rail into 430 new metres of railway...

MPs demand £39bn NPR commitment from government

MPs demand £39bn NPR commitment from government

29 April 2019A group of 80 MPs have written to chancellor Philip Hammond urging the government to commit to a £39bn down payment for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), and deliver the flagship project alongside HS2. Hammond last week said that the initial...

Siemens submits plans to build £200m train manufacturing site in East Yorkshire

Siemens submits plans to build £200m train manufacturing site in East Yorkshire

24 April 2019Planning applications for a £200m rail manufacturing site in Goole, East Yorkshire have been submitted by Siemens. The ‘train factory’, first revealed early last year, will build state-of-the-art trains for the Piccadilly Line...

WYCA calls for ‘significant reform’ to rail system in submission to Williams Review

WYCA calls for ‘significant reform’ to rail system in submission to Williams Review

18 March 2019The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has called for “significant reforms” to the current system for commissioning and operating rail services in its submission to the Williams Review. The combined authority has stated that the...

Ashington Blyth and Tyne line reopening mulled over in six ‘quick win’ rail projects for northern transport

Ashington Blyth and Tyne line reopening mulled over in six ‘quick win’ rail projects for northern transport

18 March 2019A series of ‘quick wins’ have been identified to fix the “current crisis” in the north’s transport network in a report by the IPPR. Following the publication of Transport for the North’s (TfN) Strategic Transpo...

Liverpool mayor announces commission into new high-speed city centre rail station

Liverpool mayor announces commission into new high-speed city centre rail station

13 March 2019A commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre to connect the region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) has been unveiled by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Metro mayor Steve Rotherham announced the creation of th...

Bradford launches NPR growth strategy in bid to become ‘catalyst’ for northern economy

Bradford launches NPR growth strategy in bid to become ‘catalyst’ for northern economy

12 March 2019Bradford’s Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy has been unveiled, setting out the city’s economic, social, and inclusive growth plans across Bradford and the north. The strategy covers six main areas, and outlines how impro...

Manchester's masterplan with Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester's masterplan with Transport for Greater Manchester

12 March 2019Simon Warburton, transport strategy director at Transport for Greater Manchester, outlines the region’s ambitious vision for the future. First things first – the good news: Greater Manchester is a success. Over the past 20 years, we h...

Transport and Connectivity at EvoNorth 2019

Transport and Connectivity at EvoNorth 2019

05 March 2019Under the banner of the Northern Powerhouse, transport has been one of the most prevalent themes in advancing the businesses and people who live and operate inside the region. Following the grand announcement of the £70bn transport masterpla...

Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined

Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined

05 March 2019Lord Berkeley, former chairman of the Rail Freight Group, makes the case for extra freight capacity across the proposed TransPennine route upgrades. Freight has suffered from the lack of capacity across the Pennines, especially for container trai...

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