Author Topic: Businesses call for investment in 'crossrail of the North'  (Read 101 times)

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48530638

More than 5,000 businesses are calling on the government to invest in a high-speed railway link across the north of England.

The proposed 39bn project, dubbed the "Crossrail of the North", would see journey times halved between major northern cities.

A survey by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) found companies believed the upgraded network would boost productivity and investment.

The government is considering the plan.

The report's findings have been backed by former chancellor George Osborne, who is the chair of the NPP.




He said improving rail links and connecting to the proposed HS2 rail network from London to the north had the "potential to revolutionise the Northern economy".

"The message coming loud and clear is that HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) are critical for businesses to remain, grow and invest in the North," he said.

"Government must hear that message and provide the funding the Northern Powerhouse so badly needs."
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