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Transport in north of England set to be improved


The government has announced plans to overhaul transport across the north of England, helping to create a “northern powerhouse”.

The National Transport Strategy has detailed plans to renovate the north of England’s transport system, including a multi billion pound rail scheme, improved road links and faster train times. There are also proposed new routes in the strategy which include: a train from Leeds to Newcastle, a high speed train from Sheffield to Manchester, and a high speed train from Manchester to Liverpool.

The project also lays out plans to see high speed trains run from London to Birmingham, and will accelerate the construction of the route between Leeds and Sheffield.

Road links are set to be improved, with sections of the M1, M6 and M62 widening, and there are plans for better connections to Manchester Airport and improvements to the A1.

The report is being launched by Chancellor George Osborne and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The Chancellor said:
"Connecting up the great cities of the North is at the heart of our plan to build a northern powerhouse.
"From backing high-speed rail to introducing simpler fares right across the North, our ambitious plans for transport mean we will deliver a truly national recovery where every part of the country will share in Britain's prosperity."
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union have claimed the proposals are “more pie-in-the-sky nonsense”.

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