Northern Transport Strategy sets out new rail links

The rail network across the north could be transformed as a result of the new Trans-North network suggested in a report issued yesterday.

New routes and upgrades would allow journey times between city centres to be cut.

Options for upgrades and new lines

Network Rail’s work for the ‘Northern transport strategy’ sets out a range of options for upgrades and new lines between the key northern cities.

Some of these options are outlined below and on the map of illustrative cost and journey time examples.

New routes

  • Leeds to Newcastle times of around 50 minutes (compared to a best time of 87 minutes currently) for an emerging estimate of between £8.5 billion and £14.0 billion – Option 1
  • Sheffield to Manchester times of around 27 minutes (compared to a best time of 48 minutes currently), and Manchester to Leeds in around 30 minutes for an emerging estimate of between £12 billion and £19 billion – Option 2
  • Manchester to Leeds times of around 30 minutes (compared to a best time of 49 minutes currently) for an emerging estimate of between £6.5 billion and £10.0 billion – Option 3
  • Liverpool to Manchester times of around 20 minutes (compared to a best time of 32 minutes currently) for an emerging estimate of between £8.0 billion and £13.0 billion – Option 4
  • Leeds to Hull times of around 28 minutes (compared to a best time of 55 minutes currently) for an emerging estimate of between £5.5 billion and £9 billion – Option 5

Upgrades and cut-offs

  • Leeds to Newcastle journey times of around 70 to 80 minutes for an emerging estimate of between £1 billion and £4 billion – Option 6
  • Sheffield to Manchester times of around 39 minutes for an emerging cost estimate of between £3 billion and £5 billion – Option 7
  • Manchester to Leeds times of around 34 minutes for an emerging cost estimate of between £4.5 billion to £7 billion – Option 8
  • Liverpool to Manchester times of around 23 minutes for an emerging cost estimate of between £4 billion and £7 billion – Option 9
  • Sheffield to Hull times of around 60 minutes (compared to a best time of 86 minutes currently) through upgrading the existing route – Option 10 – or using HS2 into Leeds, combined with the proposed Leeds to Hull improvements

Source: Department for Transport

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