Stephen Mosley, MP for The City of Chester, has welcomed the news that the Government is set to invest £9.4bn in our railways. The North West is set to receive a large proportion of this funding, with the completion of a “Northern Hub”. Locally we will see the number of fast trains between Chester and Manchester doubling every hour.
These improvements are part of last week’s announcement that the full completion of the “Northern Hub” cluster of rail enhancements is to go ahead, with approval given for more than £300m of outstanding track and capacity upgrades including: around £200m for the Castlefield Corridor scheme to increase capacity across central Manchester and provide two additional through platforms at Piccadilly station; capacity enhancements of around £50m on the Chat Moss route between Liverpool and Manchester; and extra capacity around Manchester Airport and Rochdale.
The number of “fast trains” is to be increased, including doubling the number running between Chester and Manchester, meaning there will be 2 ‘fast trains’ every hour. Trains between Manchester and Liverpool are also set to receive a boost, with faster and more frequent trains.
Commenting on the announcement Stephen Mosley MP has said ‘Doubling the number of fast trains between Chester and Manchester is fantastic news for both commuters and businesses alike. Investment in our railways is essential if we are to boost the local economy and address the economic imbalance between North and South. These plans to increase capacity and shorten journey times on intercity, commuter and freight services are, alongside our plans for high speed rail, absolutely key to securing our country’s prosperity in the decades ahead.’
These upgrades are in addition to almost £500m of Northern Hub schemes already approved across the North of England such as electrification of the North Trans Pennine route allowing two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool, two extra trains per hour between Manchester and Leeds, a reduction in journey times between Leeds and Manchester by an average of 15 minutes and between Leeds and Liverpool by an average of 35 minutes. There will also be a new direct service through Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport.