PM pledges new Manchester-Leeds Rail Route to unleash regional growth

Economy & Politics | North West | Transport & Distribution

A new Trans-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds will be confirmed today, as the Prime Minister sets out a domestic agenda to turbo-charge regional growth and prosperity.

In a speech in Manchester, Boris Johnson will reaffirm that one of his top domestic priorities will be to level out opportunities, and unlock the potential not just of London and the South East – but of every corner of the UK.

He is also expected to outline his major domestic agenda, including investment in education, tackling crime, boosting connectivity, and improving technology across the country.

Pledging new intercity rail routes, with Manchester to Leeds as the first step, the Prime Minister is expected to say: “I want to be the PM who does with Northern Powerhouse Rail what we did with Crossrail in London. And today I am going to deliver on my commitment to that vision with a pledge to fund the Leeds to Manchester route.

“It will be up to local people and us to come to an agreement on the exact proposal they want – but I have tasked officials to accelerate their work on these plans so that we are ready to do a deal in the autumn.”

Responding to the news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a new Trans-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds, CBI Chief UK Policy Director Matthew Fell said: “Early signs matter and this is exactly what Northern businesses wanted to see. Unlocking the North’s economic potential will help the UK and close regional divides.

“High quality and reliable infrastructure keeps the economy moving, drives growth in our regions, and has a big impact on productivity. It’s great to see fast action. Businesses will be the first to work with the Government to achieve this.”

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