Northern Powerhouse Rail isn’t being cut back – it’s being cancelled

Northern Powerhouse Rail isn’t being cut back – it’s being cancelled

Northern Powerhouse Rail isn’t being cut back – it’s being cancelled

The Independent first reported last month that the government was watering down the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) project – stripping it out to the bare minimum. Now, with an announcement looming on Thursday, it seems that the cuts have gone further, and the new line has been effectively scrapped.

NPR was first announced by George Osborne in 2014 – when he branded it “HS3”, the logical next step after HS2. The plan was for a new high speed line running east-west across the North, connecting Manchester with Leeds. Paired with upgrades and new lines linking other cities such as Newcastle, Liverpool, Bradford and Sheffield, it would increase rail capacity and reduce journey times within and across the north.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/northern-powerhouse-rail-hs2-integrated-rail-plan-b1958009.html


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