The Hendy review

Replanning Network Rail’s investment programme: a report from Sir Peter Hendy to the Transport Secretary (Nov 2015).

Network Rail is investing in the biggest programme of railway modernisation since the Victorian era. This is an ambitious investment programme, funded by the UK Government. Sir Peter was appointed to review the enhancement programme to 2019 and re-plan it, with the benefit of a better understanding of cost and delivery challenges. The conclusion of the review is that the vast majority of programmes and projects will go ahead for delivery by 2019. No projects have been cancelled. The remaining projects will be delivered after 2019. Read our plans in more detail.

Map showing the regional basis on which this report has been divided.

View the sections below for more information on the report, by region

The North of England

Delivering the North West electrification and Northern Hub benefits and developing the Transpennine Route Upgrade to provide significant improvements in service frequencies and journey times. Passengers will benefit from electric trains to provide additional seating capacity on some routes, and an increase to six trains an hour between Manchester and Leeds. Reduced journey times on other routes.

The Midlands

Midlands

Additional seating capacity between Walsall and Rugeley, and an extra four trains per hour from north Worcestershire into Birmingham. There will be more seats and faster journeys between Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield and London, and a sixth train per hour long-distance service running between Kettering and London. Electrification of the Midland Main Line to Corby will be completed in December 2019. Extra capacity on the cross-London Thameslink route.

Chilterns

Two trains per hour will operate between Oxford and London Marylebone via Bicester, with services to Oxford parkway commenced earlier this year.

Western and Wales

On the Great Western Main Line and into Wales there will be more seating capacity together with improved service frequency, connectivity and journey times. Also capacity benefits on the routes from London to the Cotswolds and to the South West.

Anglia

Increased frequency of service between some local West Anglia stations.

On the Great Eastern Main Line, suburban service will see a significant overall increase in peak capacity for passengers as a result of Crossrail. Suburban passengers inwards and Shenfield will also have new direct cross-London opportunities.

Wessex

A capacity increase of around 20 per cent for peak services on main suburban routes into Waterloo. South West Main Line services will see around five per cent additional capacity through longer trains.

South East

A capacity increase of around 20 per cent for peak stations on main suburban routes into Waterloo. South West Main Line services will see around five per cent additional capacity through longer trains.

Western Thames Valley

On the Great Western Main Line and into Wales there will be more seating capacity together with improved service frequency, connectivity and journey times. Also capacity benefits on the routes from London to the Cotswolds and to the South West.

East Coast Main Line

There will be more seating capacity, with new trains replacing the current long-distance fleets, together with improved service frequency and journey times. South of Peterborough, new trains and additional cross-London connectivity on the Thameslink route.

West Coast Main Line

The West Coast Main Line (WCML) has seen substantial investment over the last decade and the plans currently being implemented in CP5 represent the completion of a series of works to relieve key bottlenecks on the route.

Freight and National Passenger Operations

Freight-orientated schemes, including longer trains and more capacity for flows to/from the ports of Felixstowe and Southampton. Other schemes include Northern Ports and Thameshaven level-crossing enhancements. These schemes also increase capacity from major ports