MP's from across the North have put their collective weight behind a proposal to pile additional pressure on the Chancellor Philip Hammond prior to the Autumn Statement.
The collective asks Hammond to stress that the Northern Powerhouse is a higher investment priority than Crossrail 2. Stressing that current facilities are at saturation point and the North has been without adequate investment for decades.
Mr Hammond is already on record saying "“Our roads, rail, and housing all need an injection of cash to boost Britain’s growth.” but if the North will receive the amount of backing wanted will come clear in the coming months.
Philip Hammond has been urged to make Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) a top priority and clarify when it will be delivered in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. Mayoral candidates and council leaders representing the north’s major cities wrote to Hammond asking him to use the statement to “make a firm commitment” to Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) as “a major transport priority”, and provide a “clear and expedited timetable” for its completion. Burnham said: “Decades of unfair allocations from the transport budget have left the north with an inadequate rail system and motorways that are at saturation point" “If people in London and the south east had to put up with the north's transport system, there would be protests in the streets. It is our turn to come to the front of the queue for transport investment and that must start this week.”