Northern leaders try to keep NPR schemes alive

Transport to the North is seeking an urgent meeting with the Government to explore ways of delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail plans in full – including using local economic benefits (such as land value capture) to provide additional funding.

When the Integrated Rail Plan was announced, TfN Interim Chair Louise Gittins said ‘Today’s announcement is woefully inadequate. After decades of underfunding, the rail network in the North is not fit for purpose. It is largely twin-track Victorian infrastructure trying to cope with the demands of a 21st Century economy.’

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