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North West Labour mayors define bold new high-speed rail plan, connecting Manchester and Liverpool

Plans for a brand new high-speed rail line between Manchester and Liverpool have been introduced by the cities’ new mixed railway organisation, the Liverpool-Manchester Railway Board.

The road will run between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Road, by way of revamped stations at Manchester Airport and Warrington Financial institution Quay.

In October 2023, Rishi Sunak introduced that the northern legs of the high-speed rail line HS2 have been to be scrapped. Political leaders within the north hit out on the determination, claiming the federal government was treating folks within the area as “second-class residents.”

Following the axing of the HS2 within the north, the federal government invited the mayors of Liverpool and Manchester to advise on the most effective resolution to enhance connectivity between the 2 citieies.

The mayors launched the brand new Liverpool-Manchester Railway Board to maximise the social and financial advantages of the brand new railway between the 2 northern cities.

The plans were announced on the UK’s Actual Property Funding and Infrastructure Discussion board in Leeds. Steve Rotheram, who was just lately re-elected as mayor of Liverpool Metropolis Area, stated the undertaking will “advance a place-based, bottom-up strategy to ship world-class connectivity and turbocharge the financial system of the North West.”

The brand new Board will likely be chaired by Rotheram, together with the Labour mayor of Better Manchester, Andy Burnham, who was additionally re-elected within the mayoral elections in Might. Leaders of Manchester Metropolis Council, Councillor Bev Craig, and Liverpool Metropolis Council, Councillor Liam Robinson will function vice-chairs.

Steve Rotheram spoke of how the area has been “revolutionising Britain’s railways for hundreds of years.”

“However sadly, areas throughout the north have been pressured to cope with infrastructure that wouldn’t look misplaced 100 years in the past. It suffocates development and holds the nation’s financial system again.

“Transformative funding in higher rail connectivity between our two metropolis areas is greater than only a regional undertaking. It is a nationally essential infrastructure scheme that will assist to unlock the North’s huge potential and ship a higher return to the Treasury,” stated the Liverpool mayor.

Andy Burnham described the area’s rail community in the present day as “not match for function after a long time of underinvestment.”

“The dimensions of financial alternative proper alongside the road is large, with Funding Zones in each city-regions and several other main growth websites, however the North West can solely attain its potential with higher rail connectivity.

“We’ve been profitable in making the case to the federal government for our most popular choices – in Better Manchester which means a brand new, underground station at Piccadilly. The brand new Board will assist us speed up these plans and capitalise on a once-in-a-generation alternative to construct the railway the North wants,” he added.

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