‘Please explain!’ says an ex-treasury minister of Boris Johnson’s Northern rail ambitions.


‘Please explain!’ says an ex-treasury minister of Boris Johnson’s Northern rail ambitions.

EX-TREASURER Boris Johnson’s assertions that the reduced train plan will shorten the journey time between Manchester and Leeds have been slammed by an ex-treasury minister.

HS2 was originally intended to connect London to Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds, with the last section connecting Manchester and Leeds. The Leeds part, on the other hand, has been eliminated in the new proposals.

However, the Prime Minister, who is 57 years old, has denied claims that he has breached his pledges on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), claiming that “we are increasing capacity between Manchester and Leeds” and decreasing the journey time from 55 to 33 minutes.

Lord Jim O’Neill, 64, a former Treasury minister in ex-Chancellor George Osborne’s Cabinet and Vice-Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said this morning: “Given the amount of uproar it will cause in Red Wall seats and Tory northern MPs, especially at this time, I’m not sure why they’ve done it.”

“Can someone in Government please explain how you can go from Manchester to Leeds in 33 minutes and double the capacity?” the crossbench peer asked, referring to Mr Johnson’s contention that the reforms will still boost both journey speeds and capacity.

It’s unclear how Huddersfield to Leeds is connected to the existing line.

“The only way to square the circle is to utilize sophisticated digitization, which they say, but which will be actually required.”

The first phase, which would connect London and Birmingham, is expected to be finished between 2028 and 2031.

Then, between 2029 and 2033, Phase 2 will be completed, which will connect Crewe and Manchester.

The Prime Minister’s intentions to build a new rail route between Leeds and Manchester were a major campaign promise in 2019.

The decommissioned Leeds link was thought to have decreased the journey time between London and Leeds by 50 minutes.

“HS2 will come to Sheffield,” Mr Johnson told the Yorkshire Post, “means a travel to or from London will take just one hour 27 minutes – exactly the same as under the earlier HS2 plans.”

“With a new study on the best method to make it happen, we’ll also look at how to get HS2 to Leeds.”

The Prime Minister, on the other hand, made no mention of how Bradford would be immediately included on a brand-new NPR route between Leeds and Manchester. This has been demanded by northern leaders.

The Prime Minister has stated that the route between Leeds and London will be upgraded. “Brinkwire News Summary.”


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