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Boost for regional railways


IMPROVEMENTS to the regional railways have been welcomed by Warrington South MP David Mowat.
It was announced in the Autumn Statement that work would soon start on the Northern Hub, which aims to increase speed and frequency of North West rail services.
It will see a new section of track built to connect Manchester Victoria with Oxford Road and Piccadilly, relieving a major bottleneck in the region. This is in addition to the electrification of the line between Liverpool and Manchester, and track improvements on Trans Pennine routes to Leeds and Sheffield.
Network Rail says this will mean quicker and more frequent services throughout the North West, knocking 10 minutes off the journey time from Liverpool to Manchester and another 10 minutes off services heading through Warrington Central to Leeds and Sheffield.
Mr Mowat said: “These major infrastructure plans should be welcomed by commuters in Warrington, particularly those who use Trans Pennine routes on a regular basis. There are few things more irritating than when your already-delayed express train gets stuck behind a slow-moving service, holding you up even further. Hopefully that will soon be a thing of the past.
“The Coalition Government is committed to major transport infrastructure projects that bring prosperity to the North West and economic growth. As well as safeguarding skilled construction jobs, the project also has the potential to open up new business opportunities within the region.”


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  1. Maybe some one should tell Mr Mowat that the Trans Pennine Express will no longer travel through Warrington when the northern Hub opens as they will be routed to Liverpool throught Newton le Willows, The line to be electrified. In Fact all Warrington will have will be one expresss per hour (currently only has two carriages) and an extra stopper going to Manchester Airport.So this supposedly good news for the North West is in fact extremely bad news for Warrington.

  2. Neither will EMT going to Sheffield (and beyond) as well. We’ll get shuttles to and from Liverpool to replace them. We’ll go from 4 trains an hour to Manchester / Liverpool to 3 and the airport will be the furthest you can go without changing. They’ll be probably 4 car in peak and 2 out as Northern are taking some 2nd hand trains from London to add to already overcrowded trains which are enarign 30 yrs old with no intention to replace.

  3. The following is the spend per person. It’s grim up north.

    London – £2,731

    South-east of England – £792

    East Midlands – £311

    West Midlands – £269

    Yorkshire and Humberside – £201

    North-west of England – £134

    Eastern England – £43

    South-west of England – £19

    North-east of England – £5

  4. It isn’t necessarily bad news for Warrington as anyone travelling beyond Manchester to Leeds and Sheffield will still benefit from quicker journeys as a result of the electrified transpennine routes.

    More people would use Warrington-Leeds Service than a Newton-Leeds so even if it is a marginally faster route, it is likely to be less economical.

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