Europe

Northern powerhouse: working together to improve transport links between cities

Is the government serious about funding the infrastructure needed by the northern powerhouse cities if they are to grow? Nobody is entirely sure, even the government, which is naturally cautious about writing a blank cheque for a project that could run into tens of billions of pounds.

The main target for investment is a £10bn-£15bn plan for a high-speed rail link connecting the cities either side of the Pennine hills. The existing Trans Pennine line between Liverpool and Newcastle, via Manchester and Leeds/Sheffield, is slow and trouble-prone. A new line with 140mph (225km) per hour trains…

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