A cross-party group of more than 80 politicians has written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond asking for Northern Powerhouse Rail to be brought forward to 2032.
They also want a significant increase in overall levels of “strategic transport infrastructure spending in the North”, to £100 billion by 2050.
The letter, dated July 27, says that the MPs welcome Hammond’s commitment to dealing with the reversal of decades of “underinvestment in our region”. They state that a crucial factor in delivering a Northern Powerhouse capable of narrowing the divide is improving transport connections across the North.
National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) support for projects in the region is welcomed, but the MPs want Northern Powerhouse Rail and the £100bn to appear in the 2018 budget announcement.
For Northern Powerhouse Rail, the MPs believe that this has the potential to increase capacity and reduce journey times, while 15,000 jobs could be created in Bradford alone, through better links.
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