Transpennine route upgrade

As part of the Great North Rail Project, we’re upgrading the railway between Manchester Victoria to Leeds and Selby / York.

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) 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. Network Rail has worked on the development of potential infrastructure options for the Transpennine Route Upgrade and has now submitted these options to the Department for Transport (DfT) for consideration.

Millions of passengers used the key northern route across the Pennines in 2016 and over the next 20 years it is forecast that passenger numbers will double.

The route covers:

  • 76 miles of track (122 km)
  • 8 tunnels
  • 15 viaducts
  • 25 stations
  • 270 bridges

Transpennine Intermediate Interventions

As part of the wider investment into the route, a number of early interventions are linked to the Transpennine Route Upgrade, both directly and indirectly. These schemes are being delivered prior to the main programme being announced by the DfT, releasing early benefits to passengers and the wider economy.

Contact us

For any comments or questions regarding the Transpennine Route Upgrade or any associated schemes, please contact our 24-hr Network Rail national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.

You can also submit any questions or queries by email to: TranspennineRouteUpgrade@networkrail.co.uk