Work to electrify TransPennine and Midland Mainline railways will resume under plans announced on 30 September 2015.
Network Rail will work with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail North to develop a new plan for electrification of the TransPennine line between Stalybridge and Leeds and on to York and Selby. When the work is finished, the whole route from Liverpool to Newcastle (via Manchester, Leeds and York) will be fully electrified.
Under Midland Mainline project, Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy is proposing that line speed and capacity improvement works already in hand are added to, with electrification of the line north of Bedford to Kettering and Corby by 2019 and the line North of Kettering to Leicester, Derby/Nottingham and Sheffield by 2023.
New Northern and TransPennine rail franchise awards will be announced before the end of the year. The new franchises will deliver new train carriages and remove out-dated Pacer trains, introduce free Wi-Fi on trains, and offer a one-third increase in capacity with 200 additional services on weekdays and Saturdays and 300 more train services on Sundays.