Multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project is transforming travel

October 2017
  • Over 2,000 more services a week to carry 40,000 more customers by 2020.
  • Rail is forecasted to support 27,000 more jobs in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester by 2022.
  • Better rail connections bringing northern cities closer together right now.

Train customers and taxpayers are today benefiting from the Great North Rail Project (GNRP), the largest upgrade since Victorian times - and there’s more to come between now and 2020.

Working together, Northern, TransPennine Express, Network Rail, Rail North, Rail Delivery Group, Transport for the North and the Department for Transport are investing billions of pounds of improvements to transform train travel across the north of England.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train companies and Network Rail to improve the railway, said: “Working together, Britain's rail companies are delivering the investment and improvement that passengers want and which drives economic growth across towns and communities across the North. More trains on the key routes serving our biggest cities will provide benefits for generations to come."

David Hoggarth, director of Rail North, speaking on behalf of all GNRP members, said: “GNRP is creating opportunities for people across the north by bringing its towns and cities closer together with faster, more reliable train services. Businesses now have larger talent pools to choose from. New jobs are being created. New possibilities are emerging.”

By 2020, there will be over 2,000 extra services a week, 500 new carriages with space for 40,000 more passengers a day. Brand-new or completely refurbished trains will have better on-board entertainment and catering facilities, and all of the outdated Pacer trains will be gone.

And by 2022, almost 27,000 new jobs are forecasted to have been created in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, connecting people in the communities on the rail routes that serve them with new opportunities, according to the latest analysis by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).

And by 2022, almost 27,000 new jobs are forecasted to have been created in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, connecting people in the communities on the rail routes that serve them with new opportunities, according to the latest analysis by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).

From December 2017, there will be extra services between Blackburn and Manchester, and between Bishop Auckland and Darlington, as well as improved Sunday services across the region. There will be more services from Cleethorpes to Manchester airport, too.

Next year, customers can look forward to improved journeys as upgrades between Manchester and Blackpool, via Bolton and Preston are completed. More improvements will follow in 2019 and 2020.

Further information
https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/multi-billion-pound-great-north-rail-project-transforming-travel