Improved service for rail passengers

Commuter train stopped at Blackpool North station
Commuter train stopped at Blackpool North station

Rail passengers can look forward to more trains, more seats, reduced congestion and bigger, better stations as Network Rail embarks on its next five year investment programme.

The plan will see the busiest parts of the rail network in Yorkshire transformed.

By 2019 20 per cent more passengers are expected to be travelling into Leeds each weekday morning and 14 per centmore into the other major towns and cities in the region.

Overall demand for rail freight is also predicted to increase by 23 per cent.

To meet that demand, Network Rail and its industry partners will deliver a programme of investment worth £4.2 billion in the East Coast and East Midlands.

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “Our railway is a vital part of our national infrastructure. Rail services connect homes and workplaces, businesses and markets; they create jobs, stimulate trade and support the growth of a balanced economy.

“Passenger numbers into Leeds during the morning peak are expected to increase by 20 per cent by 2019 and we are predicting similar growth across Yorkshire. Our investment plans are crucial to making sure we can meet that demand whilst maintaining a safe and reliable service and making the improvements in performance passengers rightly expect.”