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Our Railway's Future
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Railway Communications System
Access for All
Reducing track noise
Stations improvement programme
York Engineers' Triangle
High speed rail
Cardiff and Valleys
East West Rail
Heathrow rail link
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Midland Main Line
Nuneaton north chord
Redditch branch line
Manchester to Preston electrification
Edinburgh Waverley station
Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace
Southampton to Nuneaton freight upgrade
South Wales resignalling
North West electrification
Birmingham New Street station
Gogar rail interchange
King's Cross station
North London line
Stafford - Crewe
Wessex Capacity Improvment Programme
Ely - Soham
Great Northern Great Eastern
Lincoln level crossings
Manchester Victoria station
North Lincolnshire resignalling
East Coast Main Line
Tinsley Chord Tram Train
West Coast Main Line
We're electrifying key rail routes across the North to make journeys faster, quieter and more reliable.
This will improve travel between Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackpool, Leeds and York and is vital in supporting the region’s long-term, low carbon economic growth.
The first phase between Manchester and Newton-le-Willows was completed in December 2013, electrifying the route between Manchester Airport to Scotland.
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We've modified bridges beteen Newton-le-Willows and Liverpool, and Huyton and Wigan.
The work included installation of overhead line equipment to allow electric trains to run between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool, and Liverpool and Wigan.
A fully electrified route between Preston and Blackpool will connect the area to the West Coast main line, the key rail artery linking the North West with London and Scotland.
We're currently assessing the structures along the route to understand which need to be modified to allow electrification. The outcome of this work will be discussed with local authorities and stakeholders over the coming months.
Bridge modification programme leaflet
We will be starting work in 2015 to make room for over head line equipment through Farnworth tunnel.
Find out what we'll be doing and how it could impact on your journey: Manchester to Preston electrification.
The Department for Transport announced additional funding to electrify these routes in autumn 2013.
We've been developing the scheme since funding was announced in 2011: A fully electrified route will be provided between Manchester, Leeds and York, linking up with the electrified lines at Leeds and York.
We are currently revising the scheme to include upgrades to track and signalling to take the maximum advantage of the investment opportunity.
These further improvements will accommodate the projected growth in train services and significantly improve in journey times, helping to support economic growth in the north.
This means the original plan to complete work by 2019 will take longer. Planning for the new, bigger scheme is currently underway.
We're currently assessing the structures along the route to understand which need to be modified. The outcome of this work will be discussed with local authorities and stakeholders over the coming months.
Letter from Mark Carne to Lilian Greenwood MP, 23 July 2015