FBE event to discuss Network Rail’s £530m vision

The Manchester branch of the Forum for the Built Environment is holding a networking event in April to discuss Network Rail's plans for a Northern Hub.

The Northern Hub would allow for faster, more frequent services across the North, with 700 more trains every day bringing more than £4bn of wider economic benefits to the region.

The £530m scheme could see six trains every hour between Manchester and Leeds, quicker journeys to Leeds and Liverpool and trains linking Victoria and Piccadilly stations.

FBE said the plans present some challenges and unique opportunities for those working in the construction and transport sectors and the networking event will be an opportunity for people working in these industries to meet and discuss the plans, as well as other key infrastructure issues.

Guest speaker will be Duncan Law, who is a sponsor for the Northern Hub programme and leads on all activity within the Manchester area.

Law was previously station manager at Manchester Piccadilly, one of Network Rail's managed stations, between 2006 and 2010. He was responsible for the 24-hour general management and operation of station.

The networking event will take place on Wednesday 13 April at The Freemasons Hall in Bridge Street in Manchester from 7.30am.

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