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Northern Powerhouse Rail Executive Appointed
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The latest appointment to the Northern Powerhouse plan has seen Tim Wood
Be appointed Northern Powerhouse Rail Director on a permanent basis, having previously undertaken the role on an interim basis.
He brings with him a wealth of experience to the role, having worked for 23 years in rail and ten in construction.
Tim Wood told Insider Media: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to take this post on a permanent basis. The last few months have been extremely busy for the organisation with the launch of our draft Strategic Transport Plan and consultation events taking place across the North.
“Northern Powerhouse Rail is at the heart of Transport for the North’s plans and is critical to rebalancing the UK economy. I look forward to leading the team as we embrace the challenge of progressing the programme in the year ahead.”
Northern Powerhouse Rail will oversee the next 30 years of work on railway infrastructure in the North of England, and aims to solve many of the transport issues that exist in the area. It is hoped many small towns will have improved rail links which will help the Northern Powerhouse agenda by improving commuting links in the areas.
At present, just 10,000 people in the North of England can access four or more of the North’s largest economic centres within an hour and the Northern Powerhouse Rail plan aims to change this. It will improve the links between six city regions and Manchester airport.
There are a number of big projects already underway in the North of England, the most prominent being the first phase of HS2. It is now one year since HS2 first received Royal Ascent.
Construction has already being on phase one, which will run between London and the West Midlands. Contracts for the majority of the civil engineering work have already been awarded and work has already started on building bridges, tunnels, embankments, viaducts and station.
Phase one is expected to be completed by 2025 and the first train services are expected in 2026.
There have already been some blows to the HS2 project with the collapse of Carillion causing confusion in the sector. Warnings were sounded when Carillion collapsed in January, but there have been assurances since then that there are plans in place.
Despite there being contingency plans in place there have been a number of complaints about the Government choosing to award such high value contracts to single firms, for projects as large as HS2, which was one of a number of public contracts awarded by the Government to Carillion.
It is expected that HS2 will result in 25,000 jobs being created during construction as well as 2,000 apprenticeships. In total HS2 is expected to bring an additional 100,000 jobs to the local area due to the improved transport links in the area.