Rail investment in the north west has received support from over 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester.
Alstom coordinated the commitment and made it clear that the cross-party MPs will also commit to supporting more skilled railway jobs being created in both areas of the north west as well as an investment in technology, people and skills while also helping to ensure that work is there for the local supply chain.
The MPs from both Liverpool and Manchester have said they will fully back rail investment in the Liverpool and Manchester corridor and this has also received the support of a number of businesses as well as trade bodies and unions. MPs believe that the region has a real potential that needs to be exploited and it is also the area of a key rail cluster.
They have said that with the right level of investment, the Liverpool and Manchester corridor can play a significant role in helping to support jobs and innovation in rail, especially with groups such as Widnes-based Alstom building relationships with small and medium businesses that form part of the supply chain as well as working closely with unions.
The customer director at Alstom UK, Mike Hulme who is also the vice-chair of Northern Rail Industry Leasers has said the pledge was supported by the need to create a level of support within parliament in order for investment to be made in the rail network in the region.
There is no doubt that the rail industry can really become a force in both Manchester and Liverpool and so, having the support of MPs will only enhance the possibility of investment and jobs.
Many well known MPs formed part of the pledge proving just what they thought about the significance of investment in the rail industry in the region.
The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Rail Industry Leaders, the TUC and Liverpool City Region LEP all supported the 22 MPs that made the pledge.
In 2017, the French rail firm made moves into the UK by opening a new technology headquarters that contains a centre for train modernisation as well as a training academy, all of which is located in Widnes.