The Government has said that funding is to be more than trebled for the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), with the intention of setting a foundation for Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The increase in funding, from £2.9bn to more than £9bn, is set to strengthen TRU and Northern PowerHouse Rail. The government said it will transform an already ambitious project to a ‘gold standard’ and delivering on its priority of “Levelling Up” the country.
The full route will be fitted with the latest technology, from complete electrification and full digital signalling, to increased capacity along the route for passenger and freight services between Huddersfield and Westtown in Dewsbury, doubling tracks from two to four.
A further £959m of funding has been released to progress the next phase of TRU between Manchester and York. The almost £1bn will be spent on the remaining electrification of the railway between Stalybridge and Manchester and unlocking shorter journey times and trans-Pennine rail freight flows with electric trains between Manchester and Stalybridge, expected to hit the tracks around the middle of the decade.
Funding will also facilitate Northern Powerhouse Rail potentially doubling the amount of direct construction jobs from 2000 to up to 4,000 taking thousands of lorries off our roads and delivering better journeys, sooner for passengers across the North.
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