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The recent focus of Transport for the North’s “work” has been on understanding the case for Northern Powerhouse Rail to “serve eight ‘Other Significant Economic Centres’ (OSECs) across the north, which in the Leeds City Region includes Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield and York as well as Leeds” (according to the ‘HS2 and the HS2 Growth Strategy’ report to West Yorkshire Combined Authority dated 8 September 2017).

As can be seen from the diagram below, these “OSECs” were mostly ignored in the original ‘HS3’ / NPR vision.

The original vision for Northern Powerhouse Rail

It is interesting to compare the original TfN rail vision and the description of the “emerging vision”, reported to WYCA in October 2017.

For example, ‘6 trains per hour, with a journey time of 30 minutes’ between Manchester and Sheffield, and ‘2 trains per hour, with a journey time of 30 minutes’ between Manchester airport and Sheffield. Apparently, this is to be delivered through “significant upgrades” to the existing Hope Valley line.

Vision for NPR as reported to WYCA, 5 Oct 2017

Written by beleben

October 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

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