Northern Powerhouse Rail: Newcastle

Securing the North East’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 Newcastle and the North East with Northern Powerhouse Rail

Using rail to connect the North effectively will change the way people in Newcastle and the North East live, work and do business.

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Commuters

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The picture today

The city region has seen rail passenger numbers rocket. Newcastle station alone welcomes more than 9 million passengers every year, up more than 21% since 2013 and that figure is predicted to continue to rise.

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"Newcastle has many great qualities and for centuries the city has been a major gateway for the UK and Northern Europe. Its prosperous links with The Netherlands and Scandinavia are a great asset to this country, but a modern rail service is essential to capitalise on this historic trading route."

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

We are exploring options to offer much faster connections from Newcastle to Leeds, via Durham, Darlington and York, by delivering a major upgrade to the existing East Coast Main Line and utilising the planned new HS2 infrastructure.

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 Newcastle’s rail travel and help rebalance the UK economy

With Northern Powerhouse Rail we expect:

Residents

Nearly
240000
more Newcastle and Gateshead residents will be able to access two or more major northern cities within 90 minutes from home, an increase of 49%.

Over
500000
more people will live within 90 minutes travel of Newcastle city centre.

Markers
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106540
more businesses
will be able to connect with Newcastle 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.

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