RIA North responds to Integrated Rail Plan - "We want to see Govt get on and deliver this plan as a minimum"
Justin Moss, RIA North Group Chair, said: “The Integrated Rail Plan published today gives certainty on much needed schemes like the upgrading of the Transpennine route and a high speed line between Manchester and Yorkshire, both of which will improve rail services in the region.
“Yet, it is disappointing that the IRP does not include HS2’s Eastern Leg to Yorkshire and cuts back the Northern Powerhouse Rail project, both of which are vital to boosting north-south and east-west connectivity for the North of England. Together, these schemes could truly transform connectivity and capacity in the North, as well as supporting the many businesses involved in building them across the UK.
“RIA North and our members want to see the Government get on and deliver this plan as a minimum, so the supply chain can invest in the skills and capability we will need for the decades to come. We will continue working with the Government, Transport for the North and HS2 Ltd to support a clean, reliable railway for passengers in the North and across the UK.”