Easter railway upgrades completed between Leeds and York

The railway between Leeds and York re-opened for passengers and freight after major improvement work took place on Easter Sunday as part of the multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade.
Date 15.04.23

Lines between Leeds and Neville Hill were closed to enable engineers to install new overhead line equipment and two new pipelines beneath the track to safely carry high voltage cables under the railway. Teams also made full use of the line closure to carry out core surveys of the ground and structures along the railway. The work was carried out by the Transpennine Route Upgrade East Alliance, comprising Network Rail, J. Murphy & Sons, Siemens, Systra and VolkerRail.

This essential work will support the electrification of the line east of Leeds and allow the future redesign of the track layout, enabling faster, quieter, greener and more frequent trains on this key line linking the cities of Manchester, Leeds and York.

Take a look at the work taking place in the video below:


Hannah Lomas, Industry Programme Director for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, said:

“I’d like to thank both our passengers and communities along the route for their patience as we took this step closer to a faster, cleaner, greener and more reliable railway for passengers across the north.”

“It was great to see the benefits of the improvement work on the Castleford line realised, enabling our teams to successfully complete these essential upgrades on Easter Sunday while also allowing passengers to continue to travel by train.”