Railways: North of England

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd November 2022.

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Photo of Naseem Shah Naseem Shah Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Autumn Statement 2022, CP 751, published on 17 November 2022, whether the commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail will retain the same route as previously announced.

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Integrated Rail Plan (IRP), published in November 2021, set out a £96 billion package to improve rail connections across the North and Midlands over the next 30 years.

Autumn Statement 2022 confirmed the Government’s commitment to delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail core network, as set out in the IRP. This includes building 40 miles of new high-speed line between Warrington, Manchester and Yorkshire, and upgrading and electrifying the rest of the route between Liverpool and York, as well the existing line between Leeds and Bradford.

The IRP is the largest ever single Government investment in the rail network and is expected to start delivering benefits from as early as this decade.

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