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The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) A connected town

The journey so far

One of the things that makes Kirklees such an attractive place to live, work and visit is that it is perfectly positioned between Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, meaning we also have great transport links up and down the country. This work, alongside other projects, is set to build on this by greatly improving our connections across the north and beyond.

What is the TRU?

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) is being 100% delivered by Network Rail and with the Council fully supporting and welcoming the benefits this will bring to the town.

The multibillion-pound programme will improve rail connectivity between Kirklees and the rest of the north of England.

The TRU is aimed at supporting economic growth in the north of England and bringing real benefits to passengers and communities along one of the busiest rail connections in the UK.

What are the plans for the TRU?

The upgrade plan will double the number of tracks from two to four. There are also plans to separate the lines going to/from Leeds from the lines going to/from Wakefield, with either a bridge or a tunnel. Once complete, the upgrade will mean more trains, improved journey times and more reliability for local commuters.

Where will the work take place?

Stretching across the north of England between York and Manchester, via Leeds and Huddersfield, the 76-mile Transpennine railway serves 23 stations. It crosses over and dips under 285 bridges and viaducts, passes through six miles of tunnels, and crosses over 29 level crossings.

Locally, one of Network Rail’s priority areas is the link between Huddersfield to Dewsbury. They will make big improvements to the four stations in this section – Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe. The upgrade will also improve rail routes across the rest of north England.

When will the work take place?

Network Rail are starting preparation work for the TRU at the beginning of August 2022.

If you would like to find out more about the TRU you can visit the Network Rail page. Keep an eye out on our social media platforms for anything TRU updates that affect our Kirklees residents.