Duncan Law, Network Rails senior programme development manager, recently presented to APM North West branch members the history of the Northern Hub formation based on the market gap and demand in the northern area of England.
The Northern Hub is about the economy. It is the plan to transform rail in the north by providing faster, more frequent journeys between the major towns and cities of the North. It is central to rebalancing the national economy and allowing the region to maximise its potential. It has a 60 year timescale to change the way people travel in the North by:
delivering the capability to run 700 more trains per day between the major towns and cities in the North
accommodating 44m more passenger journeys
better connecting the towns and cities of the North
delivering faster journey times
increasing provision for freight
utilising targeted investment to help the North continue to thrive
Duncan explained the scope and complexity of the business case and related necessary analysis during his presentation. He also described the Network Rails challenges in finalizing the best design to realise the programme benefits and securing the essential funds to proceed with the program.
And finally he explained about the benefits of the Northern hub to the area, its economic growth and his challenges to deliver the programme benefits.
If you would like to view Duncans presentation please click on the link below.