Insights

21
Jul

Electrification heading down the line for North Wales?

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The North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force (NW&MD) has recently launched a campaign calling for the £1bn electrification of the North Wales railway line from Chester to Holyhead. It is hoped that the line would connect North Wales with HS2 bringing 70,000 jobs across the Cheshire, Mersey Dee and North Wales regions. Flintshire […]

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25
Jan

Network Rail to continue work on Ordsall Chord

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Network Rail has confirmed it will progress work on the Ordsall Chord link despite a further legal challenge from the former Institution of Civil Engineers president and a former consultant on the project, Mark Whitby. The intracity railway which will link Manchester’s Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria stations was originally proposed in the late 1970s […]

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15
Jan

Institution of Civil Engineers calls for overhaul of Northern transport

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Following a call for evidence in November 2015 by the National Infrastructure Commission, the Institution of Civil Engineers has suggested that an overhaul of the North of England’s transport network is required to deliver the Northern Powerhouse vision. Chaired by Lord Adonis, the National Infrastructure Commission is an independent body that was established in 2015 […]

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17
Dec

Rail companies commit to the Northern Powerhouse

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Speaking at a Northern Powerhouse conference organised by Remarkable at the Museum of Science and Industry in July, Manchester’s leader Sir Richard Leese told a 300-strong audience that better public transport connections will be the key that unlocks the potential of a joined-up northern economy that can genuinely rival London. Last week’s rail franchise announcements […]

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04
Dec

Transport for the North: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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This week, Transport for the North (TfN) issued its second report, providing an update on its progress since March 2015, as well as outlining its ambitions between now and spring 2016. TfN is an integral part of realising the Northern Powerhouse vision to transform the North of England’s economy and establish it as a competitor […]

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12
Nov

Manchester to Sheffield: Is there hope for a £6bn tunnel?

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The drive from Manchester to Sheffield through the Peak District is breathtaking, but it can also be a frustrating experience – particularly for those regularly undertaking the sluggish commute. Our meetings certainly take us over the Pennines enough that we’d be keen on anything that could make the journey a little faster! Plans which have […]

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24
Jul

What did we learn from the Northern Powerhouse debate?

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This week we gained yet more insight into the Northern Powerhouse, as Sir Richard Leese and Cllr Sean Anstee, the Leader of Manchester City Council and Trafford Council respectively, explained what they believe is needed to ensure its long-term success. The ultimate goal of the Northern Powerhouse, they agreed, is to improve the quality of life […]

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