Other Key Projects

We want to keep passengers moving on trains as much as possible while we deliver our major railway improvements on the Transpennine Route Upgrade. Our upgrades are complex and extensive which means we’ll need to close parts of the railway to do it.

We’re upgrading some of the railway lines close to the Transpennine route that we’ll use as ‘diversions’ while TRU work takes place to keep passengers on trains as much as we can.

Castleford Station and the Castleford Diversionary Route

We’ve upgraded the station, track and signalling system, including the opening of a new fully-accessible second platform.

This will boost the reliability of existing services, has increased capacity to allow the introduction of a new direct Castleford-York train service for the first time since 1970, and has enabled the use of the Castleford line as a crucial diversionary route to divert trains and keep passengers moving by train during our major upgrades on the main line between York and Leeds.

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Shipley Depot

We’re investing around £100million in a project to construct a new rail depot in Shipley.

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Holbeck Depot, Leeds

We’ve installed a brand new track connection in and out of Holbeck depot in Leeds, so that Northern’s train fleet can enter and exit the depot much more efficiently. This will assist reliability and create additional capacity on the line, enabling the line to be used as a key diversionary route to keep passengers moving by train during our major upgrades on the main line between York and Leeds, and Leeds and Huddersfield.

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COBRA Sidings, Wakefield

A disused rail facility in Wakefield has been given a new lease of life to provide temporary accommodation for trains, as work on the multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade progresses.

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Gascoigne Wood Logistics Hub

We’ve taken huge step forward in improving productivity on TRU, by opening Gascoigne Wood logistics hub, that will support our project teams working in the area.

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