BCC comments on high-speed rail announcement

Commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement that the government will fund a high-speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"Chambers have campaigned for decades for better rail connections across the North of England – and transforming the link between Leeds and Manchester is a crucial piece of the jigsaw.

“The Prime Minister and his team must work swiftly to turn this positive pledge into a reality.

“A new Leeds-Manchester link must go hand-in-hand with the construction and completion of HS2. Both are needed to unclog the arteries of Britain’s overstretched railways and unlock economic growth.

“As the Prime Minister recognised, a new east-west route across the North will take time – so it is absolutely vital that the government proceed with upgrades to the TransPennine route and local services. Short-term relief is still needed for commuters and businesses.”

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