Network Rail has identified a programme of investments to accommodate more services between Yorkshire and Newcastle, including Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 services.
Network Rail’s investigations have examined the railway between Newcastle and Church Fenton between Leeds and York, where the HS2 line is proposed to join the existing rail network.
The two-track section of railway between Northallerton in North Yorkshire and Newcastle is already a bottleneck.
Tobyn Hughes, managing director for Transport North East presented a summary of the findings in a report for the North East Joint Transport Committee.
Listed from south to north they are:
Hughes said the next stage of the exercise would see local authorities, Transport for the North and Network Rail develop a “phased approach to progressing the business cases for the interventions identified”.
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