High-speed rail is the best argument yet for elected regional government | Paul Salveson

High-speed rail is the best argument yet for elected regional government | Paul Salveson
Transport for the North may sound like a good idea, but dig deeper and its clear the body could rapidly go off-track

David Camerons passionate support for high-speed rail has extended to the north. It follows George Osbornes espousal of HS3 a new high-speed, east-west link across the north that would stimulate a northern powerhouse. One of the unintended consequences of the announcement, coming shortly after the Scottish referendum, has been to stimulate debate about devolution for the English regions.

Part of the proposals include setting up Transport for the North to oversee the project. This would involve the five city regions along a spine stretching from the Mersey to the Humber. Transport for the North would involve politicians from each of the leading authorities along the route. It sounds like a good idea, until you dig a bit deeper.

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Source: Guardian Transport

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/28/high-speed-rail-elected-regional-government-transport-for-north