Bam Nuttall, Amey and Arup are working in alliance with Network Rail on the upgrade of the trans-Pennine route, west of Leeds.
Network Rail awarded the contract as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The alliance will design infrastructure options for the route, including upgrades to civils, track, railway systems and electrification west of Leeds, running between Leeds and Stalybridge. The whole programme for the West of Leeds route, including construction, is estimated to cost between £800M to £2bn.
The team has already been working on the development of potential infrastructure options for the trans-Pennine upgrade and will submit these options to the Department for Transport (DfT) for consideration in December of this year.
A contract for rail enhancements on the East of Leeds part of the trans-Pennine route between York and Leeds was previously awarded to an alliance between Network Rail, VolkerRail, Murphy and Siemens.
Network Rail’s London North Eastern and East Midlands route director of route sponsorship, Paul McKeown, said: “We are focussed on developing the potential infrastructure enhancements that will lead to faster, more frequent and more reliable train services across the north and will submit these to the Department for Transport at the end of the year.”
Alliance manager for West of Leeds, Tim Ketteringham, said: “The trans-Pennine Route Upgrade is a major programme of rail improvement that will have a real and lasting impact on people and communities in the North of England for generations to come: connecting towns and cities, improving journey times and supporting economic growth. I am thrilled to be part of the Alliance of companies that is working together as one team to deliver this step change in rail travel.”
East of Leeds alliance manager Neil Lindley said “This is a key milestone for transportation development in the North of England. Complex multi-disciplinary projects such as this require the knowledge and diverse skillset brought through alliancing, especially in the early stages of design development. We look forward to working alongside the West of Leeds Alliance, TOCs, FOCs and other major stakeholders to improve transport links and provide local communities with faster and more frequent rail services; transforming the north for years to come.”