Andrew Stephenson, Minister of State at the Department for Transport has announced in the House of Commons today (11 March) that £137million will be used to design and deliver the upgrade to the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester.

In response, Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “This is a significant boost for our region. I’m pleased that our persistence has paid off, and that Ministers have finally listened to our calls to deliver long-awaited investment in this critical line between Sheffield and Manchester.

“I’ve pressed Ministers and officials from the Department for Transport and Network Rail for the past three years to ensure that we secure these much-needed improvements for passengers and businesses.

“For too long people in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester have been forced to endure endless delays, cancelled and unreliable services. The upgrade to this line – which connects 4.2 million people between Sheffield and Greater Manchester – will reduce these delays, improve reliability of trains and add a third direct train per hour.

“It’s overdue but welcome progress, however we need the Government to go much further if they are to level up South Yorkshire and the North.”