City Region Leaders Put Linking Liverpool High Speed Rail Case to new Transport Secretary

Friday 5th August 2016

City Region leaders have made Liverpool’s case for full high speed rail connectivity to new Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, during his first visit to the Liverpool City Region.

Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Mayor Joe Anderson, said:

“Our independent economic evidence clearly shows that fully connecting Liverpool to both HS2 and east-west Northern Powerhouse Rail can deliver a huge £12.1 billion boost to the economy, with 16,500 new jobs, and 1.3 million extra visitors to the City Region. The truth is this investment will be good for both passengers for business and leisure and freight capacity from our new port.

“The Government, and Transport for the North, have previously accepted this and it is vital that we now keep the momentum going and make sure that the new Government fully understand this and act to support Liverpool.”

The Secretary of State was presented with a detailed briefing of both the economic evidence for the scheme along with the detailed technical evidence that shows how it can be delivered.

Leaders from across the six City Region councils, the business community and the public have joined forces over the last two years through the ‘Linking Liverpool’ campaign to secure full HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail connectivity to Liverpool.

The proposals include delivery of brand new, twin-track, high speed rail lines between Liverpool and Manchester that connect these directly to the 'HS2' network and a new station in the Lime Street area capable of receiving HS2 trains.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said:

“Our proposals would deliver the greater passenger capacity that will be needed in future and the additional benefit of faster journey times of only 20 minutes between Liverpool and Manchester and 1 hour and 13 minutes between Liverpool and London.

“They would also deliver greater freight capacity, helping fully realise the potential of the ongoing investments in Liverpool’s port.”

ENDS 

Contact: Ben O’Brien 07966 674 053 / ben.obrien@liverpool.ac.uk

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