Connecting businesses and communities with fibre

High-count fibre optic cable along the TransPennine route offers enhanced internet connectivity between Manchester and York.

Network Rail is pleased to offer a range of rail connectivity services to telecoms operators and internet service providers seeking to deliver gigabit-capable connectivity to businesses and local communities along the TransPennine route.

Using 116kms of brand new high-count fibre optic cable between Manchester and York, interested parties can lease dark fibre to build their own network for unrestricted bandwidth or take optical connections. Customers can connect at data centres in Equinix, Manchester and AQL, Leeds, or breakout from the initial points of presence at Stalybridge, Huddersfield, Dewsbury and York stations.  Further points of presence are planned for; Guide Bridge, Slaithwaite and Ulleskelf with opportunities to connect along the full route, to meet local demand.

Our rail fibre connectivity services provide large capacity bandwidth solutions which can support the expansion of local networks, allowing interested parties to access robust and diverse connections and backhaul solutions with ultra-low latency, right across the Northern Powerhouse region.

To find out more, please contact: FullFibre@networkrail.co.uk.


The project has been funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as part of their Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) programme

This programme is designed to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre networks in both rural and urban locations across the whole of the UK. Funding for the programme is drawn from the National Productivity Investment Fund which has been allocated to DCMS.