HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail urged to be ‘delivered together, in full’
The ‘once-in-a-generation’ investment in both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to be delivered together has the ability to transform connectivity across the UK, and leaders in the North demand that the projects become a reality.
Northern Mayors and Council Leaders, gathering at the Convention of the North, are calling for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) to be ‘delivered together, all the way, in full’.
Following the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement of the ‘transformatory’ power of HS2 and NPR, northern leaders are calling for the Government to deliver on its pledges to create a Northern Powerhouse.
With a new review of HS2 in progress, political, business and industry leaders have joined to speak with one, powerful and united voice to ensure there is no doubt about the importance of HS2 and NPR for the UK economy.
Mayors and council leaders – including Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, Dan Jarvis, Sir Richard Leese, Judith Blake and Nick Forbes – joined together at Sheffield railway station to support the Connecting Britain campaign.
Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, said: “To ‘Connect Britain’ a step-change in our transport provision is needed to unlock productivity, help people achieve their potential and power up the north. This applies to journeys both long and short – between cities and towns and across our rural areas. After decades of underinvestment in rail infrastructure, the plan for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail combined represent a once-in-a-generation chance to transform connectivity.”
Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “Leaders from across the North are coming together, on a cross-party basis, and speaking with one united voice. Our message to Boris Johnson and the Oakervee Review is that delivering HS2 and NPR in full will transform towns and cities across the North, helping to attract investment and provide good quality jobs for decades to come. A green light on HS2 in full, together with NPR, would be a clear signal from the government that it recognises that historic underinvestment in transport infrastructure outside London.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, added: “It’s 10 years since the plans for HS2 were first put forward and yet Government is still debating if it will come to the North or if we should settle for less. London didn’t have to choose between Crossrail and HS2 and the North shouldn’t have to choose between HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. If we are to rebalance the UK’s economy, we need infrastructure investment; and we need it fast.”