Mane Rail & Infrastructure Issue 10 - June 2018 - Page 7


The National Grid’s London Power tunnels open with

the second phase of

scheme beginning

TransPennine Express doubles Liverpool-Manchester services

he project was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The

Seven year project included a new tunnel in order to serve the capitals north and west customers. The addition of 200kn electricity cables running through 32km of tunnels is the most significant improvement to the capitals electricity systems since the 60s. The

next phase will see new cable tunnels between Hurst to New Cross and New Cross to Wimbledon. A public event will be held this summer and outline further details of the potential of a new tunnel between Hurst and Crayford. The project is expected to take eight years to complete with work starting in next year’s summer.


services will double according

to TransPennine Express (TPE) this

May. Currently the half hour journey runs

hourly in both directors however from May the

journeys will run every half hour and will also there

will also be an introduction of two fast services between

Manchester and Newcastle.

As part of the billion pound Great North Rail project this time table change is one of the biggest the North has ever seen according to TPE. Later this year TPE also said it will be introducing its new Nova trains as part of a half a billion pound investment.