TRU extends thanks to passengers after five days of major upgrades

From Monday 19 to Friday 23 February, engineers on the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) worked around the clock in Morley and Dewsbury to complete key upgrades, bringing passengers one step closer to faster, greener and more reliable trains between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York.
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Over the five-day period, engineers upgraded drainage, completed cabling work and installed a new telecommunications mast. 

The weekends of 17/18 and 24/25 of February also saw a range of upgrades, as teams in Huddersfield installed a new railway bridge and undertook mining mitigation work. This is a key part of the programme and will allow for the development of Huddersfield station in the future. 

Jonathan Hepton, Sponsor on the Transpennine Route Upgrade, said:

“We’d like to thank customers who travelled during the recent upgrade work for their patience and understanding. 

“This work was essential for the progress being made not only on the railway between Huddersfield and Leeds, but the wider route.

“We appreciate that there is no ideal time to make changes to train services that run on a daily basis, but by working closely with both Northern and TransPennine Express, we managed to keep passengers on the move.” 

To allow the work to take place, a section of the railway line was closed for the five-day period which meant that diversionary routes and rail replacement buses were utilised.  

Last week’s upgrades were another step forward for the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), a multi-billion-pound railway programme that will transform journeys across the Pennines. 


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