Hull rail link plan under review

Published: Wednesday 4th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Train journey times between Leeds and Hull would be slashed to 45 minutes if a new report’s recommendations are implemented – but its authors have been told to look again.

The key plan for future northern transport is likely to feature prominently in this month’s budget.

Chancellor George Osborne had hoped to receive the provisional “Northern Transport Strategy” proposals on Wednesday, March 4 before the Budget two weeks later.

But its author, Transport for the North, has been ordered to re-write its first draft after concerns from northern-based local authority leaders. They believe it needs more detail on delivery timetables and specific transport projects.

The body comprises HS2 high-speed rail link, Network Rail, Highways Agency, northern council and Department for Transport officials.

Its draft report featured ideas such as a “TransNorth” fully integrated local rail system linking with planned HS2 routes on both sides of the north’s Pennines.

It pledged to reduce train passenger times linking some major northern cities, including Manchester and Leeds, to half an hour.

Mr Osborne believes that improved transport links are vital for Hull and leading major northern metropolises to form a new “northern powerhouse” to compete overseas.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 4th March 2015 by The News Editor

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