Government’s Northern Powerhouse blueprint should be just the start, says KPMG

Government’s Northern Powerhouse blueprint

Chris Hearld, Chairman of KPMG in the North, comments on the Department for Transport publication for connecting the Northern Powerhouse.

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Chris Hearld, chairman of KPMG in the North, comments on the publication by the Department for Transport on its blueprint for connecting the Northern Powerhouse:

“It is absolutely right that transport infrastructure is recognised as the linchpin of the Northern Powerhouse, so this new blueprint, which captures those major infrastructure projects which are helping to better connect our northern cities, certainly makes for encouraging reading. However, one would hope that this isn’t the sum total of investment in our regional road and rail networks. Rather, this should mark the start of a transformative programme, which delivers world-class connectivity between our towns and cities.

“And while it’s also good news that the Government is seeking the views of business on the investment in the Northern Powerhouse as part of the newly created Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, all leaders across the North must also continue to voice their appetite for significant investment and ensure that this early momentum is sustained.”


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