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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-08-07

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Metro Mayor welcomes priority for Cross Rail for the North

LIVERPOOL City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram has welcomed the announcement from Lord Andrew Adonis and the National Infrastructure Commission Northern Powerhouse Rail today to make Northern Powerhouse rail one of the top three investment priorities for Government. The proposal for a high speed West to East rail link connecting northern Cities was a key manifesto pledge for the Metro Mayor, and has been a major priority for the City Region. Lord Adonis's recommendation comes after both major parties pledged to support the project during the recent General Election campaign. Steve Rotheram commented:- "I welcome the latest endorsement from Lord Adonis and the National Infrastructure Commission. There is now a growing recognition that this is a project with national significance and value that is at least as important as HS2 and the Heathrow Third Runway. Quite simply it is absolutely key to the Northern Powerhouse vision and the compelling need to rebalance the UK economy."

Steve Rotheram recently joined forces with his opposite number in Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. To champion the project, but also emphasise the overwhelming case for starting the project in Liverpool with an initial phase connecting the City to Manchester and Manchester Airport. He explained:- "Of course I want to see this project delivered in its entirety, but we should start where we can get the biggest and best value for money return. Linking Liverpool to Manchester would be by far the easiest and most economically viable phase and would have the added benefit of also connecting our City Region to HS 2. This would integrate North to South and West to East high speed networks and provide much needed additional freight capacity to support the growth of the Port of Liverpool. It would also link the Cities with the greatest degree of physical and economic synergy, and where the agglomeration benefits are greatest. It's by deepening and improving connectivity between Liverpool and Manchester that we can, in the short term, create an integrated urban economy with scale and diversity to balance London."


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