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Campaigners respond to Trans-Pennine rail route plans

22 September 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the speech given today to business leaders in Manchester, by Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP.

The speech outlines proposals for the introduction of digital technology to improve rail journeys between Manchester and York.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We welcome the Government's commitment to invest in the Trans-Pennine rail route, after doubts had been raised over whether investment would continue. However, passengers and communities across the North will want to see detail and timescales about exactly what this will mean in practice, and when they can expect quicker and more frequent services.

“We hope the Government and Network Rail will come forward soon with details and work with councils and communities to seek the step change in the quality and quantity of rail services that the North needs."


For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468, richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors 

  • Read the Department for Transport’s announcement here 
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
  • Read Campaign for Better Transport’s report, Key challenges in developing a Strategic Transport Plan for the Northhere.