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Integrated Rail Plan 'woefully inadequate'

Cllr Louise Gittins, interim chair of Transport for the North

Author: Cllr Louise Gittins, interim chair of Transport for the North

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.

Leaders from across the North and from across the party political divide came together to ask for a network that would upgrade the North for this century and in line with the rest of the country.

Our statutory advice asked for an over £40 billion network but the Government has decided to provide even less than half of that.

The leaders of the North, jointly with Government, have worked hard to come up with an evidence-led plan to help reverse the chasm of under investment over the last four decades to give passengers in the North a railway network fit for today and for generations to come.

That doesn’t mean a bit here and a bit there of minor upgrades to the existing network. It means transformational change for the whole rail network.

That means building HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in full. That means good east-west connections, improved reliability and a better customer experience to bring about modal shift to meet our decarbonisation strategy.

While we have been working on our upgrade plans we have watched as billions have been poured into HS2 building work from London to Birmingham.

We have watched as billions have been poured into Crossrail being dug out and built across the capital. It is time for the North to have its fair share. It’s time for the North to have a proper railway network to allow our towns and cities, our businesses, and our people to thrive and grow for generations to come. It’s time for real evidence of levelling up.

If we truly want to level up the country we don’t need words and promises. We need commitment. We need investment. We need Government to make good its pledge to the North and to deliver funding so we can deliver value back into UK PLC.

We will be studying today’s Integrated Rail Plan announcement closely and will consult with our TfN Board before giving our considered response.

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