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Better rail links in the North of England, reconnecting Oxford and Cambridge and a big upgrade for the Transpennine Railway … all in our North West and Central region.
We’ve carried out lots of improvements for your journeys in this region since we launched big plans last summer to bring our people closer to the communities we serve.
How? We’ve split our railway into five regions across Britain so we can work closer with train companies and make decisions faster, with less red tape. Find out more about how this will lead to better services for you.
Removing the Bletchley flyover for the East West Rail project reconnecting Oxford and Cambridge by rail
This region is made up of:
Liverpool Lime Street station
North West and Central in numbers:
Essential upgrades for you
What are we doing in this region to create more space on the railway, improve journey times and enhance facilities for customers? A lot. Here are just some of our current projects …
It’s one of our biggest engineering projects in Britain. We’re improving rail links across the north of England with faster, more frequent and more reliable train services. You’ll have bigger trains with more seats, giving you more comfortable journeys.
It will mean that, in normal times, we’ll give you 2,000 extra services in the region a week and enable 40,000 more passengers to travel each day.
It includes big improvements to Liverpool Lime Street station, where we’ve lengthened platforms and enabled three new services an hour. In June 2018, we opened the brand-new railway station, Maghull North in Merseyside … after just nine months of construction.
Building a brand-new railway station for Maghull near Liverpool was a highlight for the Great North Rail Project
What does it take to lift hundreds of tonnes of concrete over the railway? The biggest cranes in Britain!
This huge project will re-establish a rail link between Oxford and Cambridge and improve connections between East Anglia and central, southern and western England.
You could catch a train between the two cities, via Bletchley in Buckinghamshire, until the 1960s. The line closed after the recommendations of the Beeching Report of 1963 to save money by shutting many parts of the railway.
Putting this line back where it belongs will mean you’ll be able to travel from Oxford and Cambridge again by train.
Phase one of our project – between Oxford and Bicester, Oxfordshire – is already open. We expect to complete phase two – between Bicester and Bedford, Bedfordshire – in 2024.
This summer we started removing the existing Bletchley flyover, which used to take passenger trains between Oxford and Cambridge over the West Coast Main Line (the line that comes out of London Euston).
We’re replacing the flyover with a modern bridge because it will give you better value for money in the long term than simply maintaining the existing one:
This 76-mile Transpennine railway runs between York and Manchester via Leeds and Huddersfield. It 23 stations, crosses over and dips under 285 bridges and viaducts and passes through six miles of tunnels.
Our proposed improvements will give you more trains and faster, more reliable services with more seats between Manchester and York via Huddersfield and Leeds.
The upgrade will include more track, electrification and improvements to stations.
The Transpennine Upgrade will improve train travel between Manchester and York
We’re still working with the Department for Transport on the specific details for the Transpennine Upgrade; however, there are some initial bits of work we can do now now. This includes everything from vegetation management and surveying, to setting up compounds and building new track infrastructure.
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