Labour will commit to reversing decades of underinvestment in Northern transport infrastructure that has undermined the economic potential of the north of England and help deliver 850,000 new jobs by 2050.
That’s promise of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has committed Labour to delivering on “Crossrail for the North”, a series of major rail improvements across existing west-east links in the North of England.
The current Tory Government has failed to invest in essential electrification of Hull to Selby and other lines, and delayed electrification of the critical Manchester-Leeds Transpennine route, which is not now due for completion until at least 2022 says the party which will commit to fight alongside its mayoral candidates and local authorities to demand that the Westminster Government brings forward the resources needed to help unlock the £97bn of economic potential in the North.
“Labour is absolutely committed to delivering HS3, a Crossrail for the North, starting right here in Liverpool and connecting the great cities of the north of England.” said the Shadow Chancellor adding:
“There is so much potential here currently squandered by underinvestment, delays and a lack of real commitment from Whitehall.