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

Our preferred Northern Powerhouse Rail network will:


3.8 million

3.8 million people within 90 minutes of four or more northern cities



Over 100,000 more jobs in our urban areas


£3.4 billion

GVA uplift valued at £3.4bn in 2040

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

The benefits


Bring Manchester Airport within 90 minutes reach for 4.3 million people (with NPR and HS2)

Train and tunnel

Integrate with HS2, TRU 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)


Increasing opportunities for both workers and consumers


Reducing disruption and improving capacity across the network


Delivering better freight services and reduced conflict with other traffic

Northern Powerhouse Rail could be delivered over a 20-year period through a combination of new lines, use of planned HS2 infrastructure, and major upgrades to existing routes

Train at station

The picture today

Liverpool Lime Street welcomes over 14.2 million passengers every year (up by 17% since 2010)


11.6 million passengers travelling to Liverpool over a year


14.8 million passengers travelling to Liverpool over a year

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.

Image of Tim Cook Tim Wood
Director, Northern Powerhouse Rail

Connecting and empowering the North's
prime capabilities

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing



Health innovation

Health Innovation



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.

Map Key

Northern Powerhouse Rail junctions with HS2

Junction on HS2 mainline for Leeds - North East services
Junction on HS2 Leeds spur to facilitate through services via existing Leeds station
Junction on HS2 mainline for Sheffield - Leeds services
Junction at Manchester Piccadilly to support Northern Powerhouse Rail platforms
Junction on HS2 Manchester spur for Manchester - Liverpool services
South facing junction on HS2 mainline for London - Liverpool services
Map of routes


Northern Powerhouse Rail could deliver a step-change in Liverpool’s connectivity, delivering transformational, clean, economic growth.

With Transport for the North’s preferred network, we expect:


A resilient and reliable network
that will reduce disruption and improve capacity

2 million

more people within 90 minutes of Liverpool*

Connecting businesses

more businesses within 90 minutes of Liverpool city centre*

* Benefits are based on preliminary assessment 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.