Improving regional rail links seen as top priority December 15, 2020

Improving rail links between cities in the North and Midlands should be the first priority of a new approach to end stop-start investments and help level up the UK as part of a wider economic strategy, according to a major new report by advisory body the National Infrastructure Commission.

The report analyses various approaches to providing rail links in the North while showing various estimated cost options. It shows how schemes such an the eastern arm of the planned HS2 project to Leeds and the Northern Powerhouse Rail concept could have costs which might hit investment in a range of schemes which would be cheaper and faster to achieve.

The railway junction near Ravensthorpe station is part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade planUpgrades and additions to exisiting railway infrastructure such as the Transpennine Route Upgrade between Manchester and York are seen as schemes which are quickest to deliver and at a baseline budget.

The Transpennine Route, through Huddersfield, has been awaiting electrification for some years now, and a scheme has recently been planned to improve trackwork between Huddersfield and Dewsbury to reinstate four tracks for fast and slow trains and make safer junctions where the line merges and diverges from the Calder Valley route.

More on the National Infrastructure Commission report at this page at

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