We’re upgrading the railway between York and Manchester via Leeds and Huddersfield.

Proposed improvements as part of Transpennine Upgrade will deliver a high performing, reliable railway for passengers with more seats, more trains and faster journeys between Manchester and York via Huddersfield and Leeds.

Stretching across the North of England between York and Manchester, this key 76-mile Transpennine railway serves 23 stations, crosses over and dips under 285 bridges and viaducts, passes through six miles of tunnels, and crosses over 29 level crossings.

 

We are still working with the Department for Transport on the specific details for the Transpennine Upgrade; however, there are some initial bits of work we can get done now, before the wider programme is finalised. This includes everything from vegetation management and surveying, to setting up compounds and building new track infrastructure.

To help us with our designs we need to gather lots of information and data about the railway, meaning our teams will be examining everything from the condition of bridges and tunnels, to checking for utilities and services under the track.

You can read more on our assessment work by downloading our helpful information leaflet.

Over the Christmas period, Network Rail will be building 36 specialist troughs under the railway between York and Church Fenton. These troughs – known as Under Track Crossings – will house cabling, pipework, and other utilities safely under the track.

This work will take place between York and Colton Junction, where the East Coast Main Line to London runs parallel with the Transpennine Line to Leeds. After the troughs have been installed, it will enable our engineers to renew the track and other infrastructure on this key section of the Transpennine Line, while leaving the East Coast Main Line in operation.

As part of our work to maintain a safe and reliable railway, and in preparation for the Transpennine Upgrade, our specialist contractors are clearing vegetation from railway land between Leeds and Manchester.

This vegetation management work includes clearing trees, shrubs and bushes up to 6.5metres from the running line and any trees on Network Rail land that have the potential to fall on the infrastructure.

You can read more about our vegetation management work by visiting our Vegetation Management Explained page.

At strategic points across the route, we have built several temporary construction compounds. These compounds are a base of operations for railway staff working in the area, providing essential welfare facilities and equipment storage.

Please be aware that, while these compounds are in place, members of the public should expect a limited level of disruption; however, every effort will be made to keep noise to an absolute minimum, particularly overnight.

In July 2019, we started a consultation with members of the public, passengers and businesses on our proposals to upgrade the section of railway between Huddersfield and Westtown.

Throughout this eight-mile section of the route, we’re looking to double the number of tracks from two-to-four, electrify from Huddersfield to Dewsbury (and right through to Leeds) and make big improvements to the four stations in this section – Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe; where we also need to separate the lines going to/from Leeds from the lines going to/from Wakefield, with either a bridge or a tunnel.

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You can read more on our consultation here.

Contact us

For any comments or questions regarding the Transpennine 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