Northern Powerhouse Rail – improving connectivity between the North’s largest cities, Leeds

21 February, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Northern Powerhouse rail upgrade map.
Northern Powerhouse rail upgrade map.

About this event

Transport for the North (TfN) is a unique partnership, with elected and business leaders from all areas of Northern England uniting to work with central government and national transport bodies to drive economic growth in the North of England by transforming its transport system. TfN has a broad remit that encompasses strategic roads, railways, international connectivity, freight and smart and integrated travel. But one of its early objectives is to significantly improve rail connections across the region.

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is TfN's ambitious plan for a rail network that will provide faster, more frequent and reliable links between the North's six biggest cities and to its largest airport. NPR will seek to cut journey times between Manchester and Liverpool to 20 minutes, and between Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds to 30 minutes; with service frequencies going up to six trains per hour.

There has been substantial development work over the past two years to identify options to deliver NPR objectives. Prioritised options are now being taken for further development. Jonathan Brown (Senior Rail Strategy Officer, TfN) will explain the benefits of Northern Powerhouse Rail, the work done to date and how the project will move forwards.


Jonathan Brown (Senior Rail Strategy Officer, Transport for the North).

Organised by the Transportation Group. Refreshments from 17.30.