Network rail unveils 1bn revamp plans

Network Rail has announced that it is to invest £1bn in improving infrastructure across the North West, including more frequent trains and better connectivity for Lancashire towns.

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Network Rail has unveiled its five-year, £1bn plan to improve train links across the North West.

The announcement comes as part of a country-wide multi-billion strategy to improve ten key rail routes. For Lancashire, this includes plans which had already been revealed combined with the introduction of new strategies.

The improvements will centre around electrification, signalling upgrades, new tracks and longer trains. Projects include the £560m Northern Hub, which will facilitate up to 700 more trains a day and create as many 30,000 new jobs.

A £400m programme of electrification will reach Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool by December 2016, and a further £300m programme of electrification on routes across the Pennines will be completed by December 2018. Details have been submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation and, if approved in the autumn, work will begin in April 2014.