A world class rail service has been promised to the North.

In 2014 the Chancellor, George Osborne, launched his Northern Powerhouse plan to regenerate the North of England.  As part of the strategy he said that the Government will invest in key rail infrastructure projects to create billions for the region.  The investment will keep Britain connected and create thousands of local jobs.

Network Rail have stated that they want to radically transform the way in which people travel in the region over the next 20 years by catering for 3.5 million more passengers every year, having 700 more trains and covering 27,000 miles every day. To achieve this they will be installing new track, building new viaducts, upgrading stations, building new platforms and investing in electrification.

The areas that comprise the region are Leeds and Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Newcastle and the North East, Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Manchester is already leading the way with various projects already in hand which will regenerate the area.  The NRC content will focus on how Manchester is achieving its objectives and will serve as a case study for the other cities and regions.  The rest of the conference will focus on looking at the various areas of the project and explain how future plans are shaping up.

 

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