Rail Announcement

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 27th March 2018.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 12:44 pm, 27th March 2018

The hub around the airport is going to be particularly important, and it is very much on my mind as we develop phase 2b of HS2 and move towards the development of Northern Powerhouse Rail, where there must be a strong connection with the airport. The other benefit of the investment will be that it will create the space for more commuter services around Manchester. I know that there is significant congestion there—I have seen it in my hon. Friend’s constituency—and we need to provide better commuter services into Manchester, and indeed into Birmingham, Leeds and London. That is one of the things that HS2 will do, by taking the existing express trains off the existing routes.