Transport Select Committee: NPP response


It is worth saying at the outset of this written evidence that investment in the rail network in the North is long awaited, and that it is a key part of the wider project to close the North – South divide. The whole purpose of the Northern Powerhouse as a project. The Integrated Rail Plan will in places, specifically the Western Leg of HS2 Phase 2b, make a contribution to improved connectivity, greater capacity and faster journey times.

But it is impossible not to compare it to what was promised in terms of HS2 and particularly Northern Powerhouse Rail. Our focus in this paper is on what is missing from the IRP and our hope that the Government will recommit to its previous promises to deliver the programme of investment that the North – and its own ‘levelling up’ agenda – deserves.

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