An alliance between Network Rail, Amey, BAM Nuttall and Arup has been awarded a contract to design infrastructure options for the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester.
The alliance’s contract covers upgrades to civils, track, railway systems and electrification West of Leeds to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of England.
Network Rail and the Alliance will work collaboratively from the earliest stages on the development of potential infrastructure options for the route upgrade and will submit these options to the Department for Transport for consideration in December.
The announcement comes after the Railway Delivery Group launched ‘In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity’, a long-term plan between passenger and freight operators, Network Rail and their suppliers to improve Britain’s railway.
In October 2014, an alliance of Network Rail, VolkerRail, J. Murphy and Sons and Siemens were awarded a contract for rail enhancements on the East of Leeds part of the Transpennine Route between York and Leeds.
The East of Leeds’ alliance manager Neil Lindley said, ‘This is a key milestone for transportation development in the North of England.
‘Complex multi-disciplinary projects such as this require the knowledge and diverse skillset brought through alliancing, especially in the early stages of design development.
‘We look forward to working alongside the West of Leeds Alliance, TOCs, FOCs and other major stakeholders to improve transport links and provide local communities with faster and more frequent rail services; transforming the north for years to come.’