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Rail News – Early February 2024

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The mayors of the West Midlands and Greater Manchester have unveiled options to improve transport connectivity between the two regions, following the scrap of the HS2 line.

Andy Street and Andy Burnham are working with former HS2 boss Sir David Higgins alongside a private sector consortium consisting of Arup, Arcadis, EY, Skanska, Dragados, Addleshaw Goddard and Mace.

Burnham emphasised the “urgent need” to increase rail capacity between the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, as a “do nothing” approach would lead to significant economic and transportation challenges.

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Siemens Mobility’s factory in East Yorkshire has been selected to manufacture most of the new trains for a London Underground line.

The facility in Goole, which is due to launch in spring, is to produce 80% of trains for the Piccadilly line – which is up from 50% previously announced. The trains are expected to enter service in 2025.

Plans for the factory, which is part of the town’s £200m rail village, were first revealed in 2018.

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