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McLoughlin verifies Northern Powerhouse as government priority

Words: Laura Edgar

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed the Northern Powerhouse and high-speed rail as priorities for the government while speaking in Leeds.

In his speech to Northern and Midlands leaders at the Leeds Civic Hall, McLoughlin said HS2 would be built - the “full Y network from London to Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds” - following an election result that “was a massive vote of confidence”.

The transport secretary added that construction is on target to begin in 2017, with plans underway for HS3.

McLoughlin said £13 million of government funding would be invested in the Northern transport network over the next five years. He said this would better connect the region so that “Northern towns and cities can pool their strengths and create a single economy, helping Britain better compete on the world stage”.

Additionally, he pledged that by autumn Transport for the North, the government body established to help deliver the Northern transport strategy, would have a new independent chair to speak on behalf on the North.

Image courtesy of HS2