Northern Powerhouse

New Hitachi rolling stock unveiled by Hull Trains as part of £60m investment

New Hitachi rolling stock unveiled by Hull Trains as part of £60m investment

04.02.19: Hull Trains has unveiled its new fleet of hi-tech Hitachi trains which will replace its current ageing fleet of Class 180s in 2019 as part of a £60m investment. The train operator has given a first glimpse of the new rolling stock which com...

TfN unveils £70bn transport masterplan for the north

TfN unveils £70bn transport masterplan for the north

31.01.19: Transport for the North (TfN) has launched its £70bn blueprints to overhaul northern transport infrastructure over the next 30 years, connecting the major cities and moving forward with its flagship project Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). T...

Anna-Jane Hunter: A blossoming north

Anna-Jane Hunter: A blossoming north

29.01.19: Much has been achieved across the north in the past few years, but there’s still a lot of work left to do. As the third generation in her family to work on the railways, Anna-Jane Hunter, director of north of England rail at Network Rail, is...

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

25.01.19: Proposals for an expansion of Greater Manchester’s (GM) tram network are in the works, Chris Grayling and Andy Burnham have announced, with plans for greater devolved control for the region and the introduction of tram-trains being considere...

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

25.01.19: The transport secretary has reaffirmed that the government is committed to delivering the second phase of HS2 in its entirety, claiming that failure to deliver it would be a “dereliction” of government duties to improve people’s...

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

24.01.19: Bodies from the Midlands and the north of England have written an open letter to the leaders of the four major parties calling for them to publicly commit to building Phase 2 of the £56bn HS2 route. The letter penned by the Northern Powerho...

TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22.01.19: Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic Strategic Development Corridors – a key part of the organisation’s Strategic Transport Pl...

Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18.01.19: A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director, it was announced this week. Jeremy Bloom, who has 28 years of experience, is set to join the statut...

DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12.12.18: The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month, has been pushed back to the new year. The delay was quietly revealed in a Parliamentary written ques...

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed

04.12.18: Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has approved a £45m investment to “dramatically overhaul” Darlington and Middlesbrough stations as part of improvements which mayor Ben Houchen told RTM would be “central” to the...

Transport for the North launches the first phase of smart ticketing across Yorkshire

Transport for the North launches the first phase of smart ticketing across Yorkshire

23.11.18: Transport for the North (TfN) is set to launch the first phase of its Smart on Rail project, rolling out the smartcard scheme across Yorkshire lines. The initial phase of the project, a result of a partnership between Northern, TransPennine Expre...

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

21.11.18: Government spending on transport in London has risen to twice as much per person compared to the north since the launch of the Northern Powerhouse, new analysis has found. Statistics analysed by influential think tank IPPR North found that while...

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

21.11.18: Groundbreaking plans to transform Coventry city centre and Coventry station have been given the official green light from the city’s council. Coventry City Council announced it has granted permission for the £11.8m scheme to improve t...

Rail Technology Magazine fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

Rail Technology Magazine fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

21.11.18: Cognitive Publishing, the home of leading railway industry title Rail Technology Magazine, has been selected as an official partner of the Northern Powerhouse. In support of the regional initiative, Cognitive will join a network of leaders and...

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

16.11.18: Chris Grayling has said that rail in the north is playing catch-up from “decades of economic neglect” and that whilst improvements in May did not work the way it should have, he will deliver “the transport system the north deserv...

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