The UK’s largest railway line is on track to open in 2019
Posted On July 23, 2021
WESTMINSTER, England — Rail services on Britain’s railways are coming to a halt as Britain’s infrastructure regulator is preparing to halt work on a new railway line.
Railways and road authorities have been under intense pressure since the Brexit vote to restart the TransPennine Express line, which connects Manchester to Leeds.
The Government has asked for the full five-year extension of the line to 2019, but the authority is due to make a final decision on whether to grant it the go-ahead in the coming days.
The TransPennines Express line has been in limbo since February 2016 when the Government abandoned a $10 billion deal to build the line.
A decision is expected by the end of next week, which would see the line officially open in the spring of 2019.
But British Transport Police said it was too soon to speculate on the future of the work.
TransPennine has been at the centre of a political row in the UK, with some politicians accusing it of ripping off taxpayers, while others have said the government is doing a bad job of managing the network.
The line connects Manchester and Leeds and has become an election issue as the Conservatives have argued that the new rail network should be used to connect England with Wales and Scotland.
The line also has a strong track record of delays and cancellations.
But the Government has been facing criticism that it is not spending enough money to upgrade the network, and has warned it could end up costing more than expected.
TransPennines first line opened in the early 1960s, but it has been shut since.