Government’s plans for Northern Hub take the next step towards delivery

HS2 Northern Hub

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin last week confirmed that the government is forging ahead on high-speed rail links which will help to create the much discussed Northern Powerhouse. He also pledged that the north will soon be empowered to shape its own future, by devolving power away from Whitehall, a lead which is being taken by our home City of Manchester.

Mr McLoughlin said that by the autumn, Transport for the North (TfN) – the body established by the government to work with it on delivering a Northern Transport Strategy – will have a new independent chair to speak on behalf of the north with one voice on delivering improved train and bus services, rolling out smart ticketing, looking after passengers, reducing road congestion and speeding up links to ports and airports.


He also confirmed that work is also well underway on developing plans for the high-speed east-west rail links adding that £13 billion government funding would be invested to transform transport infrastructure in the north over the next five years . You can read more about his speech here.

Part of this investment is the £85m Ordsall Chord rail link for which we are providing site accommodation facilities in a joint venture with Skanska and BAM.

We are delivering 52 steel Open Space units to sites at at Ashburys and Bolton which will be end-linked and sited in a double stack of 13 ground floor units and 13 first floor and will provide office facilities for the delivery teams. The Bolton units have already been sited and the ones for Ashbury are ready for installation this coming Autumn. You can read more about our work with Skanska and BAM here. This is a prestigious contract for Danzer and we are very proud to be involved with the creation of this strategic rail link for the North.

The infrastructure investment plan aims to end decades of economic gap between the north and south through billions of pounds of transport investment. Mr McLoughlin said that boosting growth in the north, rebalancing the economy and creating a Northern Powerhouse were a vital part of the UK’s long-term economic plan.


For more information about this project, and how we can help you please call Helen Scott 0800 012 6563