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Comment on £3billion upgrades to Transpennine rail to start in spring 2019


Network Rail is planning to spend £3.1bn upgrading the TransPennine route from 2019 to 2024.

The Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake has issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport concerning £3billion of upgrades to the Transpennine rail route to start in spring 2019.

The leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:

“We welcome this announcement about upgrading the Transpennine route and we are keen to see the full details, especially the extent of the electrification proposed. It a testament to all the partners and stakeholders who have spoken with one voice about the need for this work to be carried out as a priority so we’d like to thank them for their efforts.

“This needs to be just the start of much-needed significant transport infrastructure investment in the north and we will continue to push for more to be delivered as quickly as possible to boost our economic growth and to improve the lives of millions of people.”

TransPennine Express is a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup operating the TransPennine Express franchise. The franchise operates all its services to and through Manchester covering three main routes. The service provides rail links for major towns and cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.