Great Northern Rail Project

By 2022 the Great North Rail Project (GNRP), part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan, will have delivered more than £1bn of improvements for customers across the north of England.
It will enable hundreds more trains to run each day: more trains with more seats, running more quickly and more reliably. Train customers are the immediate beneficiaries of improved transport links (or connectivity) between towns and cities in the North.


The Northern Programmes aims to transform rail transport in the north delivering more trains with more spaces to more towns and cities. From December 2017 there will be improved services, including electric trains with more space for customers running between Manchester and Preston via Bolton.

There will also be new direct services to Manchester Airport from across the north enabled by the Ordsall Chord, a vital new rail link connecting Manchester’s three main stations, Victoria, Piccadilly and Oxford Road, for the first time, as well as new connections into Manchester from the Calder Valley.

To deliver this requires electrification of many lines and improvements to stations in a sustainable manner.

Network Rail’s objectives and targets aim to ensure they meet the sustainability requirements of our business, the rail industry, our regulators and stakeholders in every piece of work that we deliver to create a sustainable railway fit for the future.


Q Sustain are creating a Sustainability strategy for the whole Northern Programmes that shall encompass best practice and innovation in areas such as:

  • Energy and Carbon
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Community and Social impact
  • Ecology and Biodiversity

The strategy shall be communicated across the programme teams.


Q Sustain has created a new benchmark within Network Rail with the creation of Sustainability Strategies that are pushing the boundaries of Best Practice within the major programmes for the supply chain and contractors to target.