Leeds to York

The busy cities of Leeds and York are connected by 26 miles of track, and throughout this section of the railway, our teams have been working to deliver major projects that will improve the reliability of services, reduce carbon emissions, and make the railway a safer place for the public.

Leeds to Micklefield Upgrades

To enable us to deliver faster, greener, more frequent trains, we’re proposing a number of changes between Leeds and Micklefield.

Our proposals include replacing five level crossings with safer alternatives; raising, reconstructing or removing a number of bridges to enable electrification; and installing some small-scale infrastructure. We are also proposing a number of temporary work compounds to help us carry out these essential improvements.

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Electrification for cleaner, greener, quieter trains

We’ve installed the first overhead electric lines as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade – the first step towards a cleaner, greener, fully electrified railway between York, Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester.

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Church Fenton Level Crossing Reduction

We are proposing to replace three private railway crossings in the Church Fenton area – Rose Lane, Adamsons and Poulters – with a safer alternative.

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Barkston Ash A162 London Road Bridge Reconstruction

We will be replacing the railway bridge deck over the A162 London Road at Barkston Ash.

The bridge, which was opened in 1869 by the North Eastern Railway, is approaching life expiry. Replacing it now with a stronger bridge deck ahead of the line’s electrification will enable more frequent, faster, heavier passenger and freight trains to run.

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Ulleskelf Mires Tunnels Installation

In the UK’s first operation of its kind, three tunnel boring machines worked simultaneously side by side beneath the four-track line at Ulleskelf Mires in North Yorkshire to install three new drainage tunnels beneath the Transpennine main line.

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Piling work being carried out between York and Church Fenton

York to Church Fenton Upgrades

We’re upgrading the route between York and Church Fenton to provide a more reliable and resilient railway for passengers.

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Holgate, York

Over Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2023, our teams successfully replaced a major set of track points at Holgate in York with the aid of the largest rail-mounted crane in the UK

The heavily-used track points, which allow trains from Holgate Sidings to re-join the main lines, are crossed over by 100 passenger and freight trains each day and renewing them will help ensure that trains arriving in York from Leeds run reliably.

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