FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

Category: rail

  AWKWARD TIMES AT MANCHESTER CONFERENCE. The May government is rattled by the growing perception that they are not serious about the Northern Powerhouse. So, it perhaps would have been easier for the Conservatives to be meeting in their other conference city, Birmingham. The city has been confirmed as the UK candidate for the 2022 [read more…]


  RAIL BETRAYAL. Since Parliament has gone into recess, hardly a day has passed without a significant policy announcement by ministers. They’ve ranged from banning petrol driven cars by 2040, to transport announcements that have the potential to drain the Northern Powerhouse (NP) of any meaning. With MPs, away from Westminster and unable to call [read more…]


WHEN DID MINISTERS KNOW? Questions remain unanswered about the decision to “pause” the electrification of the rail line from Leeds to Manchester. Passengers facing the prospect of overcrowded and slow trains between these major cities well into the next decade deserve to know how they were deceived in the run up to the election. We [read more…]


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