Youngsters at a Huddersfield school got the first look at a new book aimed at keeping children safe near the railway.

The TransPennine Route Upgrade (TRU) has teamed up with author Chris Madeley to publish a book entitled: ‘Cones and The TransPennine Upgrade.’

The book was launched at an event at Spring Grove Primary School, close to where Huddersfield’s railway lines will undergo a massive electrification scheme.

The book tells the story of four cones who travel across the TRU route between Manchester and York, learning about the work taking place and how it’s completed.

Chris said: “I am delighted to have written this book for the TRU programme. It’s a great way to engage children with the railway and its importance for the North.

“The book is fun and colourful, but also informative and educational. I hope the children enjoyed the book launch event and learned something new about the TransPennine Route Upgrade and how to stay safe near railways.”

Anna Humphries, head of sustainability and social values on the TRU, said: “We are very pleased to have collaborated with Chris Madeley on this book. We think it’s a wonderful initiative to raise awareness and interest in the TRU programme among the younger generation.

“The book is not only entertaining but also highlights the long-term benefits of the programme and its role in shaping the future of the North.”

The TRU programme will transform the TransPennine main line bringing more frequent, more reliable, faster, greener trains.

Under its Sustainability Strategy, TRU will work with communities, engaging over 100,000 young people through an inclusive education programme, employing 590 apprentices and delivering over 30,000 placement days to support new entrants joining the industry.