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

Monday July 29th, 2019

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

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.”

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