Major investment to be made to the railway between York and Manchester via Leeds and Huddersfield.

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) is a multi-billion pound, transformative, long-term railway infrastructure programme that will improve connectivity in the North.

It will support economic growth in the North and deliver real benefits for passengers and communities along this pivotal rail artery.

Manchester to Stalybridge/Rochdale Engineering Work  

From the 31 July until 15 August 2021, we will be working day and night to renew key sections of track and upgrade railway bridges to improve reliability.

This work will take place east of Manchester Victoria station, impacting most on services to/from Stalybridge and Rochdale. This means it will also impact on journeys along the Calder Valley line into/out of Manchester.

For more information and travel plans, please visit the Manchester Improvements page.

Stretching across the North of England between York and Manchester, via Leeds and Huddersfield, the 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.

TRU will transform this line into a high-performing, reliable railway for passengers with greater punctuality, more trains and improved journey times. The scale of the project means that there will be planned disruption to train services to enable work to be carried out, but we are committed to keeping passengers moving on a train as often as possible, on time and in comfort as a key priority.

In July 2020, the government announced £589m of additional funding to kickstart the programme to enable contract awards for the next phase of design activity and engineering work in Greater Manchester this summer.

We are working with the Department for Transport on the specific details for the Transpennine Route Upgrade. However, early work is happening on sections of track, along with other activities such as vegetation management, surveying and setting up compounds.


Where we're working

Our work between York and Church Fenton involves electrifying the line between York and Church Fenton.

Find out more about the York to Church Fenton scheme.

On 31 March 2021, we submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application to the Secretary of State for Transport for the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) scheme.

Throughout this eight-mile section of the route, we’re proposing to double the number of tracks from two-to-four, electrify from Huddersfield to Dewsbury 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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Find out more about the TWAO application, the Listed Building Consent Applications and all the plans and documents.

Key rail infrastructure in Greater Manchester will be upgraded this summer. The work is part of early preparations to eventually electrify and re-signal the railway and renew track between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge, via Ashton.

Trackside piling work has begun to support future masts and electric wires.

Find out more about the Manchester to Stalybridge scheme.

Work we’re doing

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.

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

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