Date(s) - 26 May 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Update on the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU)

Presented by John Reed, Industry Programme Director for Network Rail

Hosted by the North East Area Council

Thursday 26th May

This event will be in person and on Microsoft Teams

In Person: 17:00 for a 17:30 start

Webinar: 17:30 start



Attending in Person

We are delighted to be able to return to ‘in-person’ events and look forward to welcoming you at this event, which will give members the opportunity to network while enjoying light refreshments before the talk.  Numbers will be limited for the in-person event, so you are required to register in advance. There are 20 spaces available, and these will be on a first come, first served basis. Attendees will be sent full venue information nearer to the date of the event. Attendees to arrive from 17:00, where refreshments will be provided, ready for a 17:30 start. Tickets will be available to book until 08:00 on Monday 23rd May.

If you would like to attend the event in person, please scroll to the bottom of the page to book your free space.


Attending the Webinar

You can also watch the talk via Microsoft Teams, for which you will also need to pre-register.




What’s Being Covered?

The Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) is a transformative, multi-billion pound railway programme that will bring better connections in the North between York and Manchester, via Leeds and Huddersfield.  TRU will transform this line into a high-performing, reliable railway for passengers.  The upgrade will bring more frequent, more reliable, faster, greener trains.  It will achieve this by upgrading and remodelling track, installing a new signalling system and electrifying the whole route.  The project is also looking at how we can run more freight trains, moving more critical goods by rail and taking lorries off the roads.

John Reed is Industry Programme Director for Network Rail and will provide an update on the latest progress of the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme.


POD Sections Being Covered:

3. Delivering Passenger and Freight Services

9. Railway Engineering Maintenance and Renewable Management

12. Finance and Investment Planning




If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email


This event is fully booked.