• North West

    North West

    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 West

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 West

More trains
  • From 2019 there will be 34 direct services a day between Glasgow or Edinburgh and Manchester, more than doubling the current timetable
  • By the end of 2019, compared to 2014, there will be over 50 per cent more peak seats in the North West.
    • Commuters will benefit from more peak-time trains at Manchester and Liverpool by 2019
    • TransPennine Express is introducing 20,000 extra peak seats per day giving an 80% increase into the five largest cities in the North; with 13 million more seats across the timetable eacy year by 2019
    • Northern will add 2,000 extra services a week to destinations across the North of England, including more trains to Manchester Airport arriving in the early morning
  • TransPennine Express is delivering an investment of £500 million over the next three and a half years and will provide 13 million more seats a year, enough to fill Old Trafford Stadium more than 150 times
  • From 2017, TransPennine Express will operate two fast trains an hour in both directions between Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle on new intercity trains
A better experience
  • Northern are introducing a £500m fleet of 281 new, air-conditioned carriages as electric and diesel trains
  • Northern are replacing all of their 'Pacer' trains
  • Northern’s remaining fleet will be refurbished by 2019
  • All MerseyRail trains have been refurbished recently meaning cleaner, more comfortable trains for passengers
  • TransPennine Express' existing, modern trains will be refurbished and fitted with free WiFi, plug points at every seat and new on-board media servers allowing passengers to stream the latest films and TV
  • Many train companies are improving ticketing: Northern, Virgin and TransPennine Express are all introducing mobile tickets and some passengers will be able to print their tickets at home
  • TransPennine Express have 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 jobseekers and 16 to 18 year olds. Jobseekers will also benefit from discounted fares on Northern Trains
Faster and more reliable journeys
  • Millions of passengers across the north will benefit from faster, greener, more reliable journeys following rail electrification between key towns and cities including Liverpool, Wigan, Manchester, Preston, Bolton and Windermere
  • Manchester’s new rail link - the Ordsall Chord - will connect Manchester’s Victoria and Piccadilly stations for the first time, bringing faster and more regular services across the north of England and reduced congestion at Manchester Piccadilly
  • New, direct trains will run from Liverpool to Calder Valley and Bradford, to Warrington Central, Manchester Airport and Blackpool, and an hourly service between Ormskirk and Preston
  • A new high-quality Northern Connect service between the major towns and cities of the North, with new or refurbished trains free Wi-Fi, faster journeys and stations staffed daily
  • TransPennine Express will introduce new five-carriage intercity trains between Manchester and Scotland and a new direct service between Liverpool and Glasgow from 2018
Improving stations
  • Manchester Victoria has been transformed into a safer, brighter and better station as part of a £1billion investment in the railway across the north of England
  • TransPennine Express will invest more than £18million to develop its stations, including at Manchester Airport
  • £500,000 has been invested at Huddersfield station and customers are benefitting from new waiting shelters and enhanced car park lighting
  • Carlisle station is getting a £14.7million refurbishment, replacing the roof and rebuilding all eight platforms with work due to be completed in February 2018
  • All five underground stations in Liverpool are being refurbished as part of an ongoing £40million project with free WiFi already available
  • Preston station is seeing a £1.5million upgrade with a new entrance and concourse promising extra ticket machines, new customer information screens and retail space
  • 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
  • There will be a new station building and interchange at Newton Le Willows and a new station at Maghull

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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Manchester city centre’s main stations to be connected by Ordsall Chord viaduct

  • The 300 metres of new track will link Manchester city centre main railway stations.
  • The upgrade will create more capacity on the railway and more frequent services.
  • Manchester Piccadilly station congestion will be reduced by 25%, with some services being rerouted through Manchester Victoria.
  • Accessibility to Manchester Airport will be improved with access available across the north of England.
  • The local and wider economy will be boosted, helping create more jobs.

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Case Study
Case Study

19 miles of Calder Valley track being upgraded between Manchester Victoria and Bradford

  • The upgrade will provide faster journeys and allow more trains to run across the network.
  • New platform built at Rochdale will reduce the number of trains stationed at Manchester Victoria.
  • Track remodelled to connect the new bay platform to the network, allowing faster services to pass through the station and cutting journey times.

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What does the plan mean for your area?