Northern Powerhouse Rail: Leeds

Securing Leeds City Region's place in a thriving North of England

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Transforming connectivity in the Northto better connect the key economic areas and cities of the North.

Northern Powerhouse Rail will:

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850000

Support the creation of 850,000 jobs by 2050

People
1.3 million

Increase the population within 60 minutes of four major Northern cities or Manchester Airport from less than 10,000 today to 1.3 million

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£100bn

Support a £100bn boost to the economy by 2050

Our vision is of a thriving North of England where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

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Newcastle
Liverpool
Manchester
Airport
Manchester
Leeds
Sheffield
Hull

The benefits

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Bring Manchester Airport within 90 minutes reach for 3 million more people

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Integrate with HS2 and other rail schemes to maximise benefits for the North

Advanced manufacturing Energy Health innovation Digital

Better connect the North’s ‘prime capabilities’ (advanced manufacturing, energy, health innovation and digital)

Business

Quadruple the number of businesses within 90 minutes of four or more major Northern Cities

Passengers

Provide more capacity for passengers

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Free up space on existing lines and local services

Northern Powerhouse Rail will be delivered over a 30-year period through a combination of new line, use of planned HS2 infrastructure, and major upgrades to existing routes

Transforming Leeds City Region with Northern Powerhouse Rail

Using rail to connect the North effectively will change the way people in Leeds City Region live, work and do business.

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Commuters

The picture today

Over the last twenty years, Leeds City Region has seen rail passengers rocket. With over 30 million passengers a year, Leeds station is the busiest station in the North of England and the third busiest station in the country outside London.

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“Leeds City Region’s economy is blossoming, with its thriving tech and financial industries leading the way. It is imperative that the city secures a 21st century rail service it needs to help unlock its full potential.”

Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director

Connecting and empowering the North's
prime capabilities

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

Energy

Energy

Health innovation

Health Innovation

Digital

Digital

A blueprint for the future

Options currently being explored for Leeds City Region include a new railway line between Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, links between the new HS2 mainline and existing lines to provide fast services to Sheffield and Newcastle and major upgrades to existing lines to provide faster trains to Hull.

Northern Powerhouse Rail - upgraded line
TransPennine route Upgrade
Northern Powerhouse Rail - new line
Existing line
Linking Liverpool to HS2
Northern Powerhouse Rail hub station
HS2 line
Other significant economic centre
Northern Powerhouse Rail junctions with HS2
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Junction on HS2 mainline for Leeds - North East services
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Junction on HS2 Leeds spur to facilitate through services via existing Leeds station
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Junction on HS2 mainline for Sheffield - Leeds services
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Junction at Manchester Piccadilly to support Northern Powerhouse Rail platforms
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Junction on HS2 Manchester spur for Manchester - Liverpool services
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South facing junction on HS2 mainline for London - Liverpool services

Northern Powerhouse Rail will deliver a step change in Leeds City Region’s rail travel and help rebalance the UK economy

With Northern Powerhouse Rail we expect:

Residents

Over
1.4 million
more Leeds City Region residents will be able to access three or more major northern cities within 90 minutes from home, an increase of 46%.

2.5 million
more people
will live within 90 minutes travel time of Leeds city centre.

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344305
more businesses
will be able to connect with Leeds within 90 minutes.*

*Numbers are based on conditional outputs and are subject to change.

The North must rise to the occasion. Now is the time to help make a vision for better rail a reality.

Northern Powerhouse Rail:

Connecting and growing the economy of the North of England.