Five Northern Cities Push for £15bn Infrastructure Upgrade

By Gary Cutlack on at

The cities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield are hoping to encourage the chancellor to approve £15bn of upgrades for the north of the country, enhancing local rail links so the area can better compete with the London money machine down south.

The One North plan would see the money spent on creating a new 125mph inter-city rail line to link the centres, also boosting the local roads. The idea would be to half journey times while also doubling capacity, by expanding the M62 and creating a new trans-Pennine rail line to enhance east-west travel.

The One North consortium, which also includes support from Hull, Bradford, Wakefield and York, will be presenting its plan to George Osborne today.

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