• North East

    North East

    In Partnership for Britain's Prosperity is the industry's deliverable plan to change, invest and improve Britain's railway. See what the plan means for your area.

North East

In Partnership for Britain's Prosperity is the industry's deliverable plan to change, invest and improve Britain's railway. See what the plan means for your area.

Improvements being made in North East

More trains
  • 65 new Azuma trains with 12,200 more seats will be introduced on the East Coast Main Line from 2018
  • 220 new carriages, equivalent to 44 trains, are being introduced by TransPennine Express, to provide 125-mph services
  • TransPennine Express is introducing 20,000 extra seats per day giving an 80% increase into the five largest cities in the North during peak hours; with 13 million more seats across the timetable each year by 2019
  • Northern will boost morning rush-hour capacity by nearly 40 per cent — creating space for 31,000 more passengers travelling into Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield
  • Northern is also increasing the frequency of services across the North East: two trains an hour will run from Middlesbrough to Newcastle for most of the day, an hourly Bishop Auckland to Darlington service, a new Whitby to Middlesbrough morning service and two Newcastle to Carlisle trains an hour will run
A better experience
  • Northern's existing fleet will be completely refurbished including free WiFi by 2019
  • Northern are replacing all of their 'Pacer' trains
  • Northern are introducing a £500m fleet of 281 new air-conditioned carriages as electric and diesel trains
  • London & North Eastern Railway is investing £21 million to refurbish train interiors and £16 million on an engine overhaul on its diesel fleet to improve passenger comfort and train reliability
  • Passengers will benefit from free WiFi at all London & North Eastern Railway stations, and if they book their tickets direct with LNER, also free Wi-Fi throughout LNER Trains
  • Free Wi-Fi and a new onboard entertainment system also on TransPennine Express trains by July 2018
  • TransPennine Express has improved their on-board catering and are working with local businesses to offer quality, local products
  • TransPennine Express has introduced half price discounts on advance tickets for 16 to 18 year olds and job seekers
  • Mobile tickets will be available on TransPennine Express trains from late 2017
  • Passengers on the Northern route will be seeing improved ticketing, including mobile and print-at-home tickets, and discounted fares for jobseekers
Faster and more reliable journeys
  • By 2022 the Transpennine route linking Newcastle to Liverpool, via York, Leeds and Manchester, will be electrified, meaning faster and more reliable journeys
  • From December 2017, TransPennine Express will operate six trains an hour in both directions between Manchester and Leeds (more than 100 services)
  • Direct services between Newcastle and Manchester Airport are being restored with the frequency of service doubling from December 2017
  • From 2019 a new fast Northern Connect service will run across Newcastle linking Carlisle and Hexham with Middlesbrough and a new hourly direct service will link Edinburgh, Newcastle, Morpeth, York, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool
  • There are significant increases in the number of trains to and from the North East, with more seats and faster journeys on London & North Eastern Railway: three services an hour from Newcastle to London from 2020, six return services a day between Middlesbrough and London by 2021 and an additional return service from Sunderland to London by 2020
Improving stations
  • Blind and partially sighted passengers are benefiting from improved accessibility with the installation of tactile maps at some stations
  • Access, safety and comfort at stations will be improved with the installation of more automatic doors, hand rails and seats
  • 45 currently unstaffed stations on Northern's routes to be staffed by 2019 and 54 stations will have their staffing hours extended
  • Over £38m invested in Northern stations on better customer information, facilities and security
  • All Northern stations with over 3,000 customers a year will get ticket retailing facilities and help points
  • Cyclists will benefit from 400 extra cycle spaces by August 2017 in many stations along the east coast route. In Durham station, a new secure cycle compound and cycle hire facilities is opening, as well as 550 extra car park spaces
  • Passengers will benefit from free WiFi at all London & North Eastern Railway stations

We are all backing the plan

Case studies

Case Study

Multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project is transforming travel

  • Over 2,000 more services a week to carry 40,000 more customers by 2020.
  • Rail is forecasted to support 27,000 more jobs in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester by 2022.
  • Better rail connections bringing northern cities closer together right now.

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Hitachi building trains in County Durham

  • Hitachi’s new train manufacturing facility is now building new trains for the UK
  • The UK facility is home to over 1000 train builders, including 50 apprentices
  • The £82m investment has transformed the area, with Hitachi also co‐founding a new technical college next to the facility

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Case Study

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