Rail improvements in the UK to bring faster travel times and a better environment thanks to EU support

Posted: 11 December 2012 | | No comments yet

The European Union will co-finance with €5 million from the TEN-T Programme…


The European Union will co-finance with €5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to electrify a 58 km section of British rail infrastructure. The project, which is part of the “Railway/road axis Ireland/United Kingdom/continental Europe” (TEN-T Priority Project 26), will bring considerable benefits to rail traffic in the area.

The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will support the necessary works to install a 25kV AC overhead electrification line on a 58 km single track railway line between Castlefield Junction in Manchester and Newton-le-Willows and Lowton Junctions (roughly halfway to Liverpool).

Once finalised, the electrification project will bring considerable benefits for:

  • Passengers: Additional trains thanks to better route management plus an electrified direct route to Manchester Airport
  • Rail freight transport: Enhanced capacity between Manchester and TEN-T Priority Project 14 (West Coast Main Line)
  • Freight forwarders: Lower costs thanks to reduced costs of leasing, operating and maintaining electric trains
  • The environment: reduced emissions as diesel trains are phased out in favour of electric ones.

The project will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and is set to be completed by December 2014.

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