The Sleeper's Blog

12.08.19

Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving.

We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecting the North through TRU, HS2, NPR and the supply chain opportunities available, ahead of this October’s TransCityRail North event.

How does your role as Director for North of England Rail at Network Rail impact on the supply chain?

As Director, I work with customers and stakeholders across the region to help promote and achieve improvements in rail. This includes huge opportunities to support the ongoing growth and investment in the region such as new trains, new services and connecting the north through schemes such as TRU, HS2 and NPR- which are huge opportunities for the supply chain. I want to see continued investment and success for the whole industry and our supply chain.

What are the key elements of the ‘game changing’ GNRP project and what benefits will this bring to the supply chain?

As part of the ongoing GNPR project – we’ve linked Manchester’s three stations for the first time, built two new platforms at the city’s airport and regenerated Manchester Victoria. We’ve delivered better journeys for millions of passengers by electrifying the Liverpool/Manchester line Blackpool/Manchester lines. Engineers are on site at Leeds station creating new capacity by building a new platform and remodelling others.

Liverpool Lime Street has already been transformed, with the extra capacity we have created leading to a new Glasgow service this year and improved links for passengers to north Wales, Chester and Runcorn. And the Sheffield-Rotherham tram-train has pioneered a new light rail solution for the million passengers a month.

Our absolute focus is to get people where they need to be, reliably - on time, every time.

We are also working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on growing. This will provide opportunities for the supply chain, for example, the recent junction renewal at Acton Grange. This was delivered by local contractors who were able to guarantee work for a whole depot.

Speaking with RTM back in January, you mentioned the North is ‘catching up’ on investment after decades of being left behind. How are you ensuring the North does not get left behind?

We know that a better and more reliable rail network is a catalyst for economic growth for the North. Good transport links improve: connectivity to labour markets; business to business engagement; access to universities, research and education; freight markets; opportunities for tourism and culture; and grow international trade. This is why we work closely with freight and train operating companies, local transport bodies, TfN and the DfT to identify ways in which to grow our network.

What opportunities will the North of England Platform Extension Programme bring to the supply chain?

Longer trains across the region means a need for longer platforms. Our supply chain is crucial in this programme, offering us locally based teams to deliver the work bank and ensure upgrades are completed. We’re also coming up with innovative solutions, driven by the suppliers themselves. For example, as part of the platform heightening work at Marsden earlier this year, a quick-to-deploy ‘hump’ was installed, negating the need for a lengthy and expensive reconstruction of the platform.

TCR North is an industry leading event to connect buyers with suppliers. As a key figure in the industry, how will this event help deliver your message and help you to reach new suppliers?

TCR North is a great event where we get to talk about the long-term vision for the north and how the supply chain can look forward to being involved in delivering it. It’s also great for me to hear about and meet new suppliers involved in that delivery. I’m always particularly excited to hear about innovative solutions people are implementing in the region.

Hear from Anna-Jane Hunter on why TransCityRail is Integral to the North…

Submit an enquiry for more information on TransCityRail North 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line betwee... more >
North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, CrossCountry and the Scouts have come together to encourage Britain’s younger generations to be... more > more last word articles >
board2

'the sleepers' daily blog

Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in ... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >