Plans are being considered by Chancellor Philip Hammond and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to extend the HS2 high-speed rail to Liverpool from Manchester.
Despite the plans, concerns have been raised that relate to Yorkshire missing out on rail investment. Even though considerations are being made, it is believed that no details will be released until December.
This extension could be the first phase of the cross-Pennine Northern Powerhouse Rail of which calls are being made for completion to in place for 2032/33 at the same time as HS2. However, some politicians believe that the high-speed link across the Pennines will not come to fruition under Chris Grayling and that means that east of Leeds seems to be lacking any interest from the Government. Calls are now being made for significant and quick investments to be made in transport throughout the North.
The aim is to work with Transport for the North and the Department of Transport to ensure that the benefits associated with this investment are delivered efficiently and this includes the construction if HS2 phase 2b eastern and western routes as well as a new line that connects Leeds and York with Bradford, all of which forms part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail Network.
There is no doubt that the whole of the north has suffered when it comes to investment as it has been severely lacking and so, it highlights the importance of the whole region receiving a significant boost in investment at a time when it is needed.
However, the HS2 link to Liverpool which was proposed by ResPublica boss Phillip Blond will be half- locally funded but the news that the extension is being considered is great news for the area.
The Government has made it clear as to how they continue to support all plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail and that is why £37m was given to local leaders in order to put a case together. Once the business case has been received, a decision will be made on the next steps. This will ensure that those who live in the North can benefit from the investment.