Time for Talk to Turn to Action - Mayor
Tuesday 15th March 2016
15th March 2016
View the National Infrastructure Commission report here
Responding to the National Infrastructure Commission Report on behalf of the Linking Liverpool campaign, Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said:
"We now have another report that recognises the compelling economic case to connect Liverpool to Transport for the North's Northern Powerhouse Rail and to the full HS2 network.
"Whilst this is welcome, as is investment in improving the congested M62, we believe that building the high speed rail links for Liverpool should also be happening as part of the first phase of the northern scheme. However, the Government needs to make the same firm commitments to all of the North’s new rail plans, just as they have made to London’s Crossrail 2.
"We will continue to campaign for that because it is right for Liverpool, right for the North and right for rebalancing the whole of the U.K."
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:
"The name of this commission should be changed to the Southern Infrastructure Commission. The announcement today, following last week's report on London's Crossrail 2, once again commits to even more money to be spent in the South than the North and clearly shows the lack of desire to rebalance the economy of the U.K. at the speed that is required.
"If the Government is serious about re-balancing the UK economy through the so-called Northern Powerhouse, we need the same firm commitments from Government over funding and legislation to deliver East-West links in the North, as the National Infrastructure Commission recommended on London’s Crossrail 2 proposals.”
“Building the new twin-track line between Liverpool and Manchester, which connects on the already planned HS2 lines near Manchester airport has the potential to deliver both east-west and full north-south HS2 connectivity for Liverpool and should be delivered as part of the first phase of Transport for the North’s Northern Powerhouse Rail programme. It would also release much needed capacity on the conventional rail network for the movement of freight from Liverpool's growing Superport."
“This can be delivered for an investment of just 10% of that recommended for London’s Crossrail 2 and for that £3 billion investment we get an over 300% return of £10 billion in economic growth for our region.
“In Liverpool City Region we take our long-term strategy for economic growth extremely seriously. If the Government does too, we now expect talk to turn to action and for a firm decision to be taken on infrastructure investment to get these vital, long term projects rolling."
About Linking Liverpool
Linking Liverpool is the campaign to bring full high speed rail to Liverpool. It represents the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, 6 local authorities of Merseyside, Merseytravel, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and enjoys the backing of 13 Liverpool City region MPs and the main business network organisations, including the five Chambers of Commerce, Downtown in Business, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, Liverpool BID Company, Professional Liverpool, Social Enterprise Network and The Women’s Organisation. Together, the organisations represent over 10,000 businesses and 125,000 employees in the region.