Northern cities set out £15bn transport blueprint
Due to be presented to Chancellor George Osborne today, the report, “One North: A Proposition for an Interconnected North”, is the result of a partnership between Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.
The report includes plans for extended managed motorways as well as a new 125mph inter-city rail link. Claimed benefits for the North of England include up to 150% additional capacity on roads.
The report has been put together following a challenge set out by HS2 chairman, Sir David Higgins in his original report HS2 Plus, and the Chancellor in his Northern Powerhouse speech last month.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: ‘The current constraints on our transport networks, the product of years of neglect and under-investment, affect the competitiveness of the north.
‘East-west journeys take almost twice as long as equivalent journeys in the south and our rail links are too slow and uncoordinated. Our motorways are congested, and there is an over-reliance on the M62.’