The HS2 high speed rail link has been the centrepiece of this government’s transport policy, but is still decades away from completion. Major cities in the north have been calling for more immediate attention to their transport infrastructure. A report by the BBC reveals how five northern cities have called on George Osborne to create a radical new transport system across the north of England. Here, AJG Direct review this report and assess the impact that the One North link could make.
“The north of England has a huge amount to offer businesses”, said Paul Gillett, director of AJG Direct. “There are large numbers of skilled workers, innovators, and a ready consumer basis. Yet still, many entrepreneurs are choosing to base their businesses in London and the south east. Improved transport links could help to reverse this brain drain.”
The One North report has been put together by civic leaders and transport planners from Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle. It proposes creating a faster and more joined up rail system between the five cities. The main points that the report calls for are a 125mph cross-Pennine link, and better connectivity to Newcastle and Manchester Airport. It’s estimated that the total cost of the project would be around £15 billion, and that it would take approximately 15 years to complete.
George Osborne has welcomed the report, and indicated that he will announce plans to back the scheme during his Autumn statement. He believes that by improving the transport links between these northern powerhouses, it can create a business hub that will rival that of Greater London. The scheme is already being dubbed HS3, but if it comes to fruition, alongside the HS2 routes leading to Leeds and Manchester, it will revolutionise travel across the north.
“It’s important that ambitious transport schemes like this get the backing they deserve”, said Paul Gillett. “By reducing intercity commuting time, these cities become much more attractive to both business leaders and workers. Jobs will be created during the building of the rail links, but we are also likely to see a boom in the number of northern businesses after the scheme’s completion.”
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