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Northern Powerhouse Rail

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is a major strategic rail programme, designed to transform connectivity between the key economic centres of the North. The programme promises radical changes in service patterns and target journey times.

Currently fewer than 10,000 people in the North can access four or more of the North’s largest economic centres within an hour. This would rise to 1.3 million once NPR is delivered. NPR would transform the job market, giving businesses access to skilled workers in larger labour markets and offering individuals the opportunity for flexible career development and progression, all within the North of England.

Vision for Northern Powerhouse Rail

We will support the transformation of the North’s economy by providing much faster and more frequent rail connectivity between the North’s main centres – including Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Newcastle and Liverpool – and with it’s largest global gateway, Manchester Airport.

By delivering NPR more than 40% of businesses identified as having the North’s prime capabilities (as identified in the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review) would be within 90 minutes rail travel of four or more of the North’s largest economic centres, compared with only 12% today.

NPIER - Core Messages

In 2017-2018 we will:

Initial Integrated Rail Report

The report considers the current state of the rail network in the North and make recommendations as to where and when improvements can be made so that the anticipated increas

Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review – Core Messages

A transformed North could see a 4% increase in productivity, equating to an increase GVA of almost £100 billion, and create up to 850,000 new jobs.