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£47.9 Billion Government investment in the North UK - and what are the next steps for the Northern Powerhouse Rail


This week, the UK government announced that £35 million from the Network North UK Government Project budget had been released, allowing Network Rail to take forward early design and engineering work to unlock the next phase of Northern Powerhouse Rail between Liverpool and Leeds.


The funding will allow vital projects, such as the new station in Bradford, to be progressed at pace.



A total of £47.9 billion is being invested in the Network North UK Government Project, of which £31.8 billion has been dedicated to the Northern Powerhouse region alone. This includes £19.8 billion for connecting its major cities, a new station in Bradford, a new tram for Leeds, new major roads, and reopened train lines, and £12 billion that will be invested into creating better connectivity between Manchester and Liverpool.


What is Northern Powerhouse Rail?


Northern Powerhouse Rail is a new rail network for the North of England aimed at increasing the rail capacity for the 21st century.

Featuring new and significantly upgraded railway lines, it will be the region’s single biggest transport investment since the Industrial Revolution. It will improve journey times and boost the number of trains per hour, allowing the northern economy to operate more efficiently.

It will transform rail services, making it easier to travel between the region’s towns and cities.

It is much more than an infrastructure project – it has the potential to be a social and economic catalyst for the region and the people and businesses of the North. It is an investment in infrastructure that will deliver benefits to the economy, quality of life, education and the environment.


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