Why England’s north is still waiting for its powerhouse | Andy Burnham

Why England’s north is still waiting for its powerhouse | Andy Burnham
My experience in the Treasury taught me that the test for assessing projects is biased against poorer regions. The north must not be pushed to the back of the queue any more

I will start with a confession: I was the chief secretary to the Treasury who brought together the funding package for London’s £15bn Crossrail 1 project.

Services are not yet running on Crossrail 1, but already the government is dropping heavy hints that it will give the green light to London’s £30bn Crossrail 2. Pretty galling for anyone in the north-east still waiting for a full motorway connection.

Related: Osborne calls for May to back ‘northern powerhouse’ rail plans

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Source: Guardian Transport

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