Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said there is no “simple, quick, non-disruptive solution” to improving journeys on one of the most congested rail routes in and out of Manchester, arguing the cost of the original scheme was “way out of kilter”.
The consultant, working with Aecom, will draw up a plan to bring pollution from cars and road traffic in the region down to legal levels in the next five years, including potential clean air charges for “the most polluting” vehicles.
Companies including Pell Frischmann, IBI, Waterman, Aecom, and Arup have secured a place on a framework covering disciplines such as engineering consultancy, public affairs, quantity surveying, and architecture.
Transport leaders have given their thoughts on what changes could revolutionise Northern connectivity, including funding for cycling infrastructure, the end of Pacer trains, and longer-term transport planning, ahead of speaking at the Northern Transport Conference next week.
The West Coast main line will close for 16 days this summer as Network Rail carries out upgrades to the Acton Grange junction in Warrington, a key section of track on the route between Crewe and Preston.