Northern Hub

Our plan to stimulate economic growth in the north of England through better connections between key towns and cities. The Northern Programme is a series of targeted upgrades to the railway in the north of England. 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 jobs.
  • The ability to double into the Trafford Park freight terminals.
  • Two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool.
  • More frequent services between Manchester and Leeds (six per hour).
  • Faster passenger services across the TransPennine route – improving journey times of up to 15 minutes between Manchester Victoria to York via Leeds.
  • Journey times between Liverpool and Manchester could be reduced by 10-15 minutes.
  • New direct services from across the north to Manchester Airport.
  • Faster journey times to Sheffield and the East Midlands, Bradford, Halifax, Hull, Newcastle and the North-East.