All the times Boris Johnson has promised to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 in full

Boris Johnson[1] and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps[2] have repeatedly backed commitments to deliver HS2 in full as well as Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

GBP39bn

In 2019 Mr Johnson said there was a “very good case” for GBP39bn investment in NPR – but has since diluted this promise. In the rail announcement, Mr Shapps said the Government is “investing GBP23 billion to deliver Northern Powerhouse rail and the TransPennine route upgrade” combined.

Leeds to Manchester

In a speech Mr Johnson made shortly after becoming PM, he pledged specifically to fund the “Leeds to Manchester route”. No10 said he was “pledging new intercity rail routes”.

“Leeds to Manchester is just the beginning. We will take it all the way,” the PM said.

Eastern leg of HS2

Mr Johnson has made several commitments to building the eastern leg of HS2, telling MPs as recently as February of this year he intended to build it. Mr Shapps also said at a think tank event in May the Government would “include HS2 on the Eastern Leg to Leeds”.

“The only question that we have is how to better integrate that with plans which were developed a very long way since HS2 was first dreamt up all those decades ago – and that pertains to the Northern Powerhouse Rail,” he said. The Transport Secretary added: “We want the great northern towns and cities all to be linked up – Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Huddersfield, Hull, Sheffield, Bradford, Newcastle – the whole lot.” The eastern leg of the high speed rail line has now been scrapped – pending a review.

Personal commitment to Bradford

In addition, Former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had previously made a “personal commitment” that Bradford would benefit from the NPR.

Bradford has been left out of the rail upgrades and will no longer have a new station built.

References

  1. ^ Boris Johnson (inews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Grant Shapps (inews.co.uk)




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