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UK government announces IRP for railway network modernisation [free access]

November 18, 2021

The UK government has unveiled the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) which includes a EUR96 billion investment to modernise the railway network in the Midlands and the North. The funds will cover the upgrading of the rail services to and between the East and West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the North West.


The HS2 will be completed with the addition of three new high-speed lines established between Crewe and Manchester; Birmingham and East Midlands Parkway; and Warrington, Manchester, and Marsden in Yorkshire. The Midlands Main Line and the Transpennine Main Line will be electrified and modernised; and the East Coast Line will undergo digital signalling and power improvements. Funding worth EUR625 million has been allocated to upgrade the Transpennine Main Line. Further, studies will be conducted to examine ways of taking the HS2 lines to Leeds and constructing a mass rapid transit (MRT) system in Leeds and West Yorkshire. The project will receive EUR200 million as immediate funding for planning and construction work.


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