The Northern Hub programme will improve rail travel in the North of England. It is a significant investment to stimulate economic growth in the North of England by making rail travel across the area faster and more frequent. The Northern Hub will boost the region’s economy by £4.2bn and create 20,000 to 30,000 extra jobs in the North.
It will ease the rail bottleneck around Manchester Piccadilly Station and free-up space on the network for faster, more frequent services, including:
- up to 700 extra trains per day with capacity for 44 million more people to travel by train each year
- two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
- six instead of four fast trains per hour between Leeds and Manchester
- faster journeys across the North:
- up to 10 minutes faster between Leeds and Manchester
- up to 10 – 15 minutes faster between Liverpool and Manchester
- a new direct service through Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport
- faster, more frequent service from Sheffield and East Midlands, Chester, Bradford, Halifax, Hull, Newcastle and the North East.
This extensive programme of works includes:
- major station changes to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road, including new & longer platforms and major station refurbishment
- the introduction of a new rail link between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, known as the Ordsall Chord
- journey time improvements on radial routes in/out of Manchester
- significant Inter-disciplinary engineering interventions to support capacity requirements for signalling, track, electrification, and Civils schemes
- introduction of a fourth platform at Manchester Airport
- benefit delivery aligned to interdependent projects:
- National Control Strategy
- National Freight Strategy
- North West Electrification
- Manchester Victoria Redevelopment
- Planned Asset Renewals schemes.