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Northern Powerhouse Rail

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is a major strategic rail programme, designed to transform connectivity between the key economic centres of the North. The programme promises radical changes in service patterns and target journey times.

Our Strategic Outline Business Case received Board approval in February 2019. It outlines just how the investment could increase the capacity, speed and resilience of the North’s rail network. The network represents an investment of up to £39bn.

Click here to download | At a glance | Northern Powerhouse Rail

A blueprint for the future

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Emerging Vision for Northern Powerhouse Rail

A step change in rail connectivity between some of the North’s largest cities is required to grow opportunities for the next generation of workers and investors. Northern Powerhouse Rail, together with HS2, would transform rail travel across the North, offering much faster, more frequent and reliable rail links and opening up new opportunities for Northern citizens and businesses. Northern Powerhouse Rail would link the North’s six main cities and Manchester Airport, as well as other significant economic centres. It could be developed in stages, making best use of existing rail infrastructure and planned investments (such as HS2) alongside new railway lines and significant upgrades.

Northern leaders back £39bn business case

Northern Powerhouse Rail is a transformational rail programme to better connect the key economic areas and cities of the North. Delivered over 30 years and combining new, existing and already planned lines, the programme will improve east-west connections, offering a radical change in journey times, reliability frequency and capacity. Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Tim Wood explains the importance of Northern leaders backing our case.

Currently fewer than 2 million people in the North can access four or more of the North’s largest economic centres within an hour. This would rise to 10 million once Northern Powerhouse Rail is delivered; transforming the job market, giving businesses access to skilled workers in larger labour markets and offering individuals the opportunity for flexible career development and progression, all within the North of England.

Our statutory advice to Government

In February 2019 our board approved the submission of our case to Government and issued clear statutory advice:

In 2019 we will:

Download our reports

To download our recent publications, please click on the links below, note some of the pdfs are quite large.

At a glance | Northern Powerhouse Rail

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is a programme to deliver a transformed rail network in the North of England and bring new opportunities to millions of people and businesses

Strategic Transport Plan | One North

The first time the North has come together to outline the robust case for transformational transport investment across all of the North, to rebalance the UK economy

Investment Programme | 2020 – 2050

This outlines a pipeline of transport interventions to better connect the whole of the North, with a short, medium and long-term plan for investment.