Northern Powerhouse

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

08.11.18: The boss of Transport for the North has supported the government’s commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail, arguing that the Budget funding announcement shows Westminster’s confidence in the scheme. Tim Wood, chief executive at TfN, sa...

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

08.11.18: Leaders of the northern rail industry have rejected the possibility of the Phase 2b HS2 route possibly no longer being funded by the government, arguing that the comments raising concern by the transport secretary were “completely misunderst...

TfN CEO on Crossrail 2 competition: ‘London can flourish, but we want to turbocharge investment’

TfN CEO on Crossrail 2 competition: ‘London can flourish, but we want to turbocharge investment’

29.10.18: The chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN) has quelled concerns that funding for the programme would be in conflict with Crossrail 2, claiming that the raising of funds through general taxation will help to finance both projects. Speaki...

UK’s first ever ‘tram train’ launches in South Yorkshire

UK’s first ever ‘tram train’ launches in South Yorkshire

25.10.18: The UK’s first ever operational ‘tram train’ running between Sheffield and Rotherham has been launched today, with the scheme almost three years late and five times overbudget. Jo Johnson and Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarv...

HS2 launches public consultation on Phase 2b route plans

HS2 launches public consultation on Phase 2b route plans

11.10.18: HS2 has launched public consultations on the Phase 2b route for high-speed railway between the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds. The 10-week consultations will give communities the chance to respond to HS2’s plans and designs, and give f...

TransCityRail 2018: Signalling the future

TransCityRail 2018: Signalling the future

09.10.18: On Thursday, Manchester’s world-famous Principal Hotel played host to the industry’s biggest leaders, decision-makers, and (t)railblazers at the fifth iteration of TransCityRail, in a celebration of the progression of the industry in t...

TransCityRail: Top 10 Tweets

TransCityRail: Top 10 Tweets

09.10.18: On Thursday we held our annual rail event focused on driving innovation in the rail industry in the north, TransCityRail (TCR). It was a conference jam-packed with industry leaders and decision-makers, all working in tandem in advancing the cohesi...

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

08.10.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has said that the north of England needs to move to “the front of the queue” for prioritisation of transport investment in order to take advantage of investment in the region. Speaking exclusively to RT...

Northern unveils new £500m fleet

Northern unveils new £500m fleet

08.10.18: The new CAF-manufactured fleet of trains to be used by Northern was officially launched at a special event at the Edge Hill depot, Liverpool. The eight state of the art trains – four class 195 and four class 331 vehicles – arrived for...

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

28.09.18: West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured funding for upgrading connections to eight of its rail stations after Theresa May announced that the authority will receive a share of a £840m transport fund. The Department for Transport announ...

Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21.09.18: Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed by Doncaster Council and London Eastern Railway (LNER), to completely revitalise the station and constructi...

Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21.09.18: Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the year. Some customers travelling between Leeds and Lincoln were treated to the refurbished train, whic...

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18.09.18: Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalance the UK economy, and also make sure the north can take full advantage of the opportunities HS2 will...

New CAF trains for Northern begin testing in the UK

New CAF trains for Northern begin testing in the UK

14.09.18: The first round of dynamic UK testing for rail operator Northern’s new CAF-manufactured trains are underway. Tests are running on the North West network following track testing in the Czech Republic, with the state-of-the-art trains to be l...

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

13.09.18: To achieve the improvements envisaged through the TransPennine upgrade, Network Rail will have to close some part of the route for up to a whopping 39 weeks per year for five years – in other words, closures of almost 50 months in total thro...

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