Network Rail has awarded the Transpennine Route Upgrade - East of Leeds Alliance, one of two contracts to enhance the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester.
The Transpennine Route Upgrade aims to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of England, from Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds.
The East of Leeds part of the Transpennine Route between York and Leeds was awarded in October 2017 to an Alliance between Network Rail, VolkerRail, J. Murphy and Sons and Siemens.
Network Rail and the Alliances are working collaboratively from the earliest stages on the development of potential infrastructure options for the Transpennine Route Upgrade and will submit these options to the Department for Transport (DfT) for consideration in December of this year.
This programme is part of the Great North Rail Project, and Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan.
Paul McKeown, Director of Route Sponsorship for Network Rail’s London North Eastern and East Midlands route