UK rail industry experts have reacted to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget 2021 and Spending Review which includes £46 billion investment for railways.
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The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has urged the UK government not to scale back investment in the railways and to deliver major projects, including HS2 in full.
The High-Speed Rail Group (HSRG) has published a report with contributions from leaders across the Yorkshire and North East region, outlining the benefits of the government delivering the eastern route of HS2.
For Global Railway Review, Tim Wood, Interim Chief Executive at Transport for the North and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Director, highlights the pivotal role of the supply chain in achieving the North of England’s rail infrastructure ambitions.
Tim Wood, Interim Chief Executive of Transport for the North and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Director, explains how the construction of new high-speed lines across the North of England have the potential to revolutionise rail travel in the region.
Though a final preferred route for Northern Powerhouse Rail has been agreed upon, Transport for the North has agreed to delay submitting the business case until the UK government’s Integrated Rail Plan has been published.
The Northern Powerhouse Rail network spans from Liverpool to Hull, Sheffield and the North East, and would begin construction in 2024/25.
HS2’s journey north accelerates as public consultation opens asking local communities to have their say on the railway’s proposed design refinements.
TfN members have called for a phased 20-year pipeline of rail investment in order to ensure the delivery of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
A new report has set out the need to accelerate plans for a northern Britain transport revolution, and proposes incremental rail improvements post COVID-19 to help kick-start the North’s economy back into action.
Following the UK government taking over operation of the Northern franchise, a new Managing Director, Nick Donovan, has been appointed.
A report by the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review into HS2 says it is important for the North and Midlands to take control of their high-speed rail network and that cancelling the project without viable alternatives will not deliver transformational benefits to the UK economy.
Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has published a masterplan which details a strategy to double the number of rail journeys in the city-region by 2040.
A technical analysis by Midlands Connect has revealed for the first time that HS2 would free up enough space on Britain’s existing railway network to improve rail services for 73 stations across the country.
The new Integrated Rail Plan for the future of the UK’s Sheffield City Region's rail network will lead to improved capacity, reliability, affordability and journey times for communities and businesses across the region.