Revolutionary transport plans for the North to be announced today

Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by KCFM

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The Government’s promising improvements to roads and trains as Chancellor George Osborne and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg unveil their transport strategy for the North of England this morning.

The TransNorth plans are promising high speed rail of up to 140 miles an hour between all the cities of the North, including Hull.

Journey times from Hull to Leeds could be cut to 45 minutes, and from Hull to Sheffield to just 50 minutes.

Hull City Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Energy City with responsibility for transport, says:

“We welcome this report and the Government’s continued support in our journey to transform northern growth and re-balance the country’s economy by establishing the north as a global powerhouse.

“Today’s recognition of Hull as a core, northern powerhouse city marks a significant step forward and acknowledges the importance of Hull as one of the 6 major northern city regions.”

“This city is the northern gateway to Europe, complementing Liverpool’s position as the north’s western global gateway. A comprehensive transport strategy for the region is essential in order for us to move forward and attract further national/international investment in the area.

“It is a significant development in our overarching plan to improve the transport system in, and connecting to, our city and will encourage visitors to continue visiting Hull post 2017.”

The detailed report will address key points concerning Hull, such as the early completion of vital road improvements on the A63 Castle Street and the A160, whilst also hinting at enticing major investors such as Siemens and ABP, to ensure their needs and expansion plans are also considered when developing the wider transport system.

Councillor Mancey added:

“Although these plans are long-term they are a major priority for our city region we still need to push for short-term delivery of improvements which could make a real difference to the city in time for City of Culture 2017.”

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Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by KCFM

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