Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced government support for the Northern Powerhouse, pledging £400 million for transport improvements.
In a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced £400 million worth of funding towards transport improvements in the Northern Powerhouse.
£300m will be placed towards rail investment to improve rail links across the key Northern cities, providing more frequent and faster journeys and £100m will go towards local road schemes to tackle congestion and speed up travel times.
Hammond said the government is committed to the Northern Powerhouse and the funding will go towards “ensuring HS2 infrastructure can link up with future Northern Powerhouse and Midlands rail projects – helping the towns and cities of the North reach their full potential”.
This will enable cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and York to connect to the HS2 providing the quick connections and easy access to the capital.
Transport for the North’s Chief Executive Barry White, said the investment would “ensure that as much of the North as possible benefits from this major infrastructure investment.”
“This announcement is a significant step forward in TfN’s plans for the development of Northern Powerhouse Rail. It will enable much-needed transformational rail connections for the North to be delivered cheaper, faster and with less disruption.”
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, welcomed Hammond’s announcement but said it is just the first step in providing the investment that the North needs and was promised.
"Today’s announcement would not have been made if the North had not got organised and found its voice over the summer. We won't put up with clapped-out trains and congested roads any longer. Until we have a clear plan for the investment required to build a Northern Powerhouse we were promised, the voice of the North will only get stronger."
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