The need for additional passenger capacity can best be met through the provision of longer carriages and faster journey times on the Manchester to Leeds via Huddersfield route.
Should additional capacity be required across the Pennines at some future date, capacity enhancements on the three existing Victorian tunnels on the Woodhead route would be considered first.
It is great to think that the Woodhead route - and the post World War II tunnel with it - might be reopened one day. But that is looking increasingly unlikely. The two old tunnels at Woodhead have long been used to carry National Grid cables, but it is now proposed to move them to the modern tunnel. If that happens, it is hard to see that Woodhead could ever be reopened.