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  • Northern Hub

    Our plan to stimulate economic growth in the north of England through better connections between key towns and cities

  • The Northern Hub is a programme of targeted upgrades to the railway in the north of England. Scheduled to complete in 2019, it will allow hundreds more trains to run each day and provide space for millions more passengers a year.

    The Hub is about the whole of the north of England. The services and economic benefits run as far as Newcastle and Hull in the East to Chester and Liverpool in the west:

    • Over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits to the region and potentially 20,000 to 30,000 new jobs.
    • £4 boost to the economy for every £1 spent.
    • The ability to double into the Trafford Park freight terminals.
    • Two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool.
    • Six fast trains an hour between Leeds and Manchester (currently four).
    • Journey times between Leeds and Manchester could be reduced by about 10 minutes.
    • Journey times between Liverpool and Manchester could be reduced by 10-15 minutes.
    • New direct services through Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport.
    • Faster journey times to Sheffield and the East Midlands, Chester, Bradford, Halifax, Hull, Newcastle and the North-East.
  • Transforming rail travel in the north ►

    From new platforms, additional track and upgraded stations, new infrastructure will be in place by 2018.

    Find out what's happening.

    Ordsall Chord ►

    We're building a viaduct to connect Manchester's Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations which will ease congestions allowing more trains and better services.

    Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly stations ►

    We're drawing up plans to improve the railway and generate more capacity. There are several options under consideration.

    Hope Valley ►

    Improvements in the Hope Valley will allow faster, more frequent services on the route between Manchester and Sheffield.
  • Timeline


    NHub timeline

    1 Spring 2010: Network Rail launches Northern Hub report.
    2 Summer 2012: Government sets out national rail service requirements for five year period (2014 – 2019) and announced full funding for the Northern Hub project.
    3 January 2013: Network Rail publishes Strategic Business Plan 2014-2019.
    4 Summer 2013: Work starts (between Huyton and Roby).
    5 Autumn 2013: Office of Rail Regulation decides on funding available to meet Network Rail’s plans, including Northern Hub proposals.
    6 Winter 2016: Phase 1 (Ordsall Chord) completes.
    7 Winter 2018: Phase 2 (remaining schemes) complete.