“Once again we have seen the Northern Powerhouse being a key plank to the Chancellor’s Budget announcement. We have always maintained that for the Northern Powerhouse to succeed, all parts of the region need to be brought on board, so it was encouraging to hear that following the lead set by Manchester, devolution deals are in the pipeline for the likes of Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield.
“However, it was incredibly disappointing that no further announcements were made regarding investments in our regional transport infrastructure. While the introduction of an Oyster card system across the North is a nice gesture in principle, it will do absolutely nothing to alleviate the lack of capacity and very little to improve the connectivity on our region’s ever-crumbling rail network.
“Businesses across the North are becoming increasingly impatient, and are chomping at the bit to play their part. But their role must be underpinned by dramatic improvements to the transport infrastructure across the region to ensure our businesses, people and resources are better connected. Without this, the Northern Powerhouse will not take off.”
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