Network Rail has submitted adventurous plans with the aim of rebuilding an electrifying an 8-mile stretch of the TransPennine Route. This is will form part of a public consultation and will be part of a major upgrade should it come to fruition.
These plans form part of the £2.9bn TransPennine Upgrade programme and the aim is to provide passengers with extra seats and trains as well as faster services between Manchester, York, Huddersfield and Leeds.
A suggestion has also been put forward by Network Rail to double the number of tracks to fours, while a grade separation has been suggested such as a bridge or tunnel at Ravensthorpe.
The plans welcome feedback as part of the public consultation on the proposed upgrades to the 8-mile stretch of track between Huddersfield and Westtown, where the thoughts of the community and businesses will be taken into consideration.
The principal sponsor at Network Rail, Kieran Dunkin stated that the upgrade will come with an array of benefits for passengers, giving them what they expect from the service which includes reliability, extra trains and additional seats while journey times will be reduced.
The upgrade of the TransPennine Router has been eagerly anticipated and the final stages of development are close. Therefore, obtaining feedback from passengers and neighbours on the plans for this 8-mile stretch is an important part of the next step in the development process.
The proposed plans bring with them complete overhauls or renovations work on the stations at Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe. This will bring the stations into the 21st century while enabling them to handle upgrades to the tracks and services. The initial phases of the consultation process will come to an end during late-October. As soon as the feedback has been received and considered, the second phase will then be subject to another round of consultation that relates to any changes that have been made.
All feedback that is received as part of the consultation will help to create the Transport and Works Act Order submission that Network rail will put to the transport secretary in Autumn 2020