Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham held secret talks in an attempt to force the UK Government into spending “at least” the £3 billion saved by axing HS2’s Golborne Link on an alternative connecting line to serve Scotland.
Recently released documents under a Freedom of Information Act request reveal a meeting between the pair on August 24 2022, with ‘HS2 and connectivity towards Scotland’ topping the agenda.
The 13-mile new-build ‘Golborne Link’ near Manchester, designed to connect HS2 with the existing West Coast Main Line, was axed by the Government last summer to save £3bn, amid concerns over rising project costs. Its deletion is seen as eradicating hopes that Scotland would benefit from HS2.
Burnham is also campaigning for a new underground Manchester station for HS2, to create a cross-city heavy-rail link, rather than the proposed upgrade to the existing Piccadilly terminus.
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