Transpennine Route Upgrade to Replace Tracks in Northern England

During weekends in September and October, the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) programme will replace tracks along the railway line between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

As part of the multi-billion-pound TPU programme, engineers will excavate ballast to create new track beds, allowing for the installation of new rail and sleepers. Throughout this work, approximately 650 meters of railway tracks will be replaced and new drainage systems will be installed.

Essential work will take place on the Transpennine Route Upgrade over the next two months
Essential work will take place on the Transpennine Route Upgrade over the next two months

This upgrade will enable trains to travel at higher speeds across the line. It will also enhance the overall reliability of services by increasing the number of railway tracks from two to four.

Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said:

“These improvement works are key to the overall modernisation of the railway that will be taking place as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, which will help deliver a faster and more sustainable service for our customers who travel between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York. We’d like to thank our customers in advance for their patience while this work takes place.”

The railway line will temporarily close to facilitate these upgrades. Passengers will therefore use a combination of diversionary routes and rail replacement buses to complete their journeys.

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