Transpennine route upgrade

Amey Ltd United Kingdom 15/09/2023 14:21:15

Stretching across the North of England between York and Manchester, via Leeds and Huddersfield, the 76-mile Transpennine railway serves 25 stations, 270 bridges, 15 viaducts and 8 tunnels.
In 2017, Amey - with Arup, BAM Nuttall and Network Rail - signed the contract to deliver the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) between Manchester and Leeds. Lasting 10 years, circa £1bn of work will be delivered by Amey. TRU is the largest rail infrastructure project outside of HS2 in the UK.


It is a fully integrated project team, formed from all named partners, plus our supply chain partners. Amey’s multi-disciplinary capabilities in rail design and systems enable us to hold two roles within the partnership. Our Consulting team and Arup work on all design requirements, while our Rail teams deliver rail systems - track, power distribution, signalling and overhead lines. BAM Nuttall provides the major civils and bridge engineering capability.
Crucially, Network Rail is part of the partnership, so we work closely with the client team to define and achieve our shared aims and objectives. The partnership is underpinned by a collaborative cultural approach which all partners built together.


  • TRU is united on its shared aim to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services to customers across the North of England. This will improve passenger experience, provide more network paths for trains to increase capacity and both reduce delays and speed up trains on the network.
  • The Project Alliance Agreement ensures TRU delivers ‘best for the programme’ through the integrated project team’s focus on shared aims and objectives.
  • For any elements of the project which the partnership must tender for, we have an internal bidding team which understands the contract, keeps work internal and minimises bidding costs as these are all funded within the partnership. Any bids are the partnership’s to lose due to the contract structure. 
  • For Amey, our full range of design and operational experience enables us to hold a substantial role within TRU with strong client and partnership relationships at all levels of our organisation. We also hold two of the five seats on the Leadership Team which provides strategic leadership and governance.