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Boosting Economic Growth and Transport Connectivity

05 Jun 2017

The Northern Powerhouse is a proposal to boost economic growth in the North of England particularly in the core cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle. The proposal aims to reposition the English economy away from London and the South East and involves improvement to transport links, investment in science and innovation, and devolution of powers in so called “City Deals”. Proposed transport improvements include Northern Powerhouse Rail (otherwise known as High Speed 3) and the ongoing work of the Northern Hub to remove a railway bottleneck around Manchester and provide faster connections across the North of England. In August 2016, it was reported that proposals for a road tunnel underneath the Pennines to cut journey times by 30 minutes between Manchester and Sheffield, were being advanced. If completed, it would be the world's longest road tunnel.


The Midlands Engine Strategy is a demonstration of the UK Government’s commitment to making the Midlands a powerful engine for economic growth. Stretching from Shropshire to Lincolnshire, with the M1, M6, and most of our major railway lines running through it, the Midlands sits at the very heart of the UK economy. Building on a modern Industrial Strategy, the Midlands Engine Strategy sets out the actions being taken to address productivity barriers across the Midlands, enabling businesses to create more jobs, export more goods and services, and grow their productivity.


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