Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Rail improvements in the UK to bring faster travel and a better environment

Creation date: December 11, 2012

The European Union will co-finance with €5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to electrify a 58 km section of British rail infrastructure. The project, which is part of the "Railway/road axis Ireland/United Kingdom/continental Europe" (TEN-T Priority Project 26), will bring considerable benefits to rail traffic in the area.

 

The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will support the necessary works to install a 25kV AC overhead electrification line on a 58 km single track railway line between Castlefield Junction in Manchester and Newton-le-Willows and Lowton Junctions (roughly halfway to Liverpool).

 

Once finalised, the electrification project will bring considerable benefits for:

 

Passengers: Additional trains thanks to better route management plus an electrified direct route to Manchester Airport

 

Rail freight transport: Enhanced capacity between Manchester and TEN-T Priority Project 14 (West Coast Main Line)

 

Freight forwarders: Lower costs thanks to reduced costs of leasing, operating and maintaining electric trains

 

The environment: reduced emissions as diesel trains are phased out in favour of electric ones.

 

The project will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and is set to be completed by December 2014.

 

For more information, please consult the project's page!