Northern Powerhouse Rail: Liverpool

Securing Liverpool 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 Liverpool City Region with Northern Powerhouse Rail

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

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The picture today

Since 2010, Liverpool City Region has seen rail passenger numbers rocket. Liverpool Lime Street alone welcomes over 14.8 million passengers every year (up by 27% since 2010).

2010

11.6 million passengers travelling to Liverpool over a year

2018

14.8 million passengers travelling to Liverpool over a year

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“For centuries, Liverpool has established a position as a gateway to the world. The city region’s colourful and embracing personality makes it a fantastic place to live, visit and do business.
Now’s the time to secure the 21st century rail service a city of its stature deserves.”

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 Liverpool include new and upgraded rapid rail lines to connect the city with both the HS2 mainline to the Midlands and London and the HS2 spur line to the centre of Manchester via the city’s airport.

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 Liverpool’s rail travel and help rebalance the UK economy

With Northern Powerhouse Rail we expect:

Residents

Over
777000
more residents of Liverpool will be able to access four major northern cities within 90 minutes from home, an increase of 50%.

Around
80945
more businesses will be able to connect with Manchester within 90 minutes.*

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More than
2.1 million
people will live within 90 minutes travel time of Liverpool city centre.

*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.

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