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."