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Ah great, will make any future electrification to the West that bit less distributive and get a tricky piece of electrification out the way.

Presumably will mean bi mode trains can already be running on electric as they arrive/exit the station West.
 

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Do these plans include a linespeed increase? The current predominant line speed is 80mph but the Transpennine upgrade was supposed to include linespeed improvements according to Network Rail's previous route specifications.

100mph would be ideal but even 90mph would make a noticeable difference on this 36-mile route between Leeds West and Guide Bridge.
 

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Do these plans include a linespeed increase? The current predominant line speed is 80mph but the Transpennine upgrade was supposed to include linespeed improvements according to Network Rail's previous route specifications.

100mph would be ideal but even 90mph would make a noticeable difference on this 36-mile route between Leeds West and Guide Bridge.
Yes the scheme will increase the linespeed to 100mph. There are a number of key improvements that will achieve this:

Heaton Lodge Curve
The scheme will deliver the two new lines to the south of the Heaton Lodge Junction, thus allowing the direct services to by-pass the junction and therefore improve journey time and reliability of the route.

The two new lines can be seen of the right hand side of the image below:
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NR13 Planning Drawing - Route Drawing 11.pdf (windows.net)

Ravensthorpe Grade Separated Junction
The Scheme will implement a grade separated junction at Ravensthorpe alongside realignment of the track and the construction of a new viaduct, within the Ravensthorpe and Westtown area. The function of the grade separated junction is to allow the fast lines to by-pass Thornhill LNW Junction removing conflict and thus delivering improved journey time and reliability.
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NR13 Planning Drawing - Route Drawing 20.pdf (windows.net)

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NR13 Planning Drawing - Route Drawing 22.pdf (windows.net)

Thornhill Lees Re-alignment
To the east of Thornhill LNW Junction there is an existing horizontal reverse curve in the alignment where the railway passes over Thornhill Road on the approach into Dewsbury station. This reverse curve impedes delivery of the line speed improvements required by the Scheme and also restricts the horizontal rail geometry required to develop the grade separation within the brownfield land afforded by the Ravensthorpe Railway Triangle. The Scheme considered a range of options for re-aligning the railway in the Thornhill Lees area to achieve the desired line speed of 100mph.
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NR13 Planning Drawing - Route Drawing 24.pdf (windows.net)
 

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Great. I was a bit concerned it had been quietly scrapped by the fact it wasn't mentioned anywhere I could see on the website.

This should allow for Huddersfield - Leeds in 15 minutes considering the minimum regular current journey time is 19 minutes?
 

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It's going to be interesting to see what is later proposed for the West Side of Huddersfield to speed up services since that is where the alignment restricts fast running.
 

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It's going to be interesting to see what is later proposed for the West Side of Huddersfield to speed up services since that is where the alignment restricts fast running.
Don't get your hopes up too much. There are currently line speed improvements but not much different to today.


Yes they will be electrifying through the two tunnels to the west of Huddersfield Railway Station, basically up until where the line passes over Gledholt Bank.
And the rest. Electrification is in scope all the way from Man Vic to Leeds. Has been back in scope for over 6 months.
 

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Believe Church Fenton towards York currently being electrified... Only a short stretch but another piece of the jigsaw in place (and presumably simplifies future electrification towards Leeds since connection to ECML already completed).
 

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Believe Church Fenton towards York currently being electrified... Only a short stretch but another piece of the jigsaw in place (and presumably simplifies future electrification towards Leeds since connection to ECML already completed).
Yes it is - a small part of the overall picture but also critical to maintaining workload for the specialists involved in design and construction while the government hopefully gets its act together on a rolling programme of electrification.
 

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Yes it is - a small part of the overall picture but also critical to maintaining workload for the specialists involved in design and construction while the government hopefully gets its act together on a rolling programme of electrification.
On that basis wouldn't it be sensible to carry it onto Micklefield ?
 

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On that basis wouldn't it be sensible to carry it onto Micklefield ?
Presumably they don't want to electrify locations where the current network connects to HS2 yet. No point doing work that may need to be ripped up in a few years. Hopefully the final decision whether to go ahead with HS2 eastern leg (and associated NPR work between Leeds and York) is not far away now. Once that is nailed down they can plan more work.
 

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Believe Church Fenton towards York currently being electrified... Only a short stretch but another piece of the jigsaw in place (and presumably simplifies future electrification towards Leeds since connection to ECML already completed).
Good to see electrification although surely the Leeds - York line should have been electrified in full many years ago and of course important Intercity railways such as the Cross Country and Transpennine lines which use that line would have also been electrified decades ago in many other countries. Was there ever talk of electrifying Leeds - York as part of the ECML electrification in the 1980s perhaps to allow electric services to divert via Leeds and also allow for electric Leeds - York - Newcastle - Edinburgh services?
 

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Good to see electrification although surely the Leeds - York line should have been electrified in full many years ago and of course important Intercity railways such as the Cross Country and Transpennine lines which use that line would have also been electrified decades ago in many other countries. Was there ever talk of electrifying Leeds - York as part of the ECML electrification in the 1980s perhaps to allow electric services to divert via Leeds and also allow for electric Leeds - York - Newcastle - Edinburgh services?
Prior to privatisation the Transpennine route was slated for electrification sometime in the 90s, and Leeds-York would certainly have been part of that.
 

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I often review some of the old bridge assessments whilst working on TRU from the 1990's. Plenty of them refer to upgrades back then. 30 years is a long time to wait for wht is a minor spend on a national level. Meanwhile London gets another 3 massively more expensive tunnel dug under it.

I would love to see a 'North of England' political party evolve from the Yorkshire party and other interested individuals. For them to spell out the truth on national spending and sweep up seats in the north. Threatening a majority for the major parties in all general elections is the only thing that will change the neglect of northern England.
 

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Laughable to make yet another announcement for stuff what has been known about for a long time. Whilst electrification between York and Church Fenton and the opening of railway stations at Thorpe Park and the White Rose Centre is certainly very welcome it has certainly been a long protracted process to get such work done especially as a lot of other countries would have seen much more investment in their railways by now. As for the Transpennine route at least a lot of their trains are now Nova's which are much more befitting of the Transpennine main line as opposed to the Class 185s. New Trains | Travelling With Us | TransPennine Express



 

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I do kind of feel like we have heard this announcement a million times, and the Conservatives have now been in power over 10 years and the Transpennine route is still effectively the same as it was in 2010.
First rule of power: mentioning an investment twice is equal to spending twice as much money on investment.
 

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West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin is calling for Bradford to have a railway station on Northern Powerhouse Rail: Tracy Brabin says Bradford is 'greatest area of opportunity' as she calls for city to get Northern Powerhouse Rail stop

Will wonder if Bradford will be included on NPR although it will certainly be nice for Bradford to have a much more important railway station befitting a city of it's size. As for Tracy Brabin surprised to note Bradford as being "the greatest opportunity in West Yorkshire" considering I would have thought that Leeds would surely have that honour as the biggest opportunity in West Yorkshire which hopefully will get better in the coming years. Has she said much on the development of Leeds as a city since becoming Mayor?
 
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