Hull MPs and LEP leader call for £100bn investment into rail network in the north

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Aug 2018

Hull MPs and Humber LEP chair Lord Haskins have backed a hard-hitting letter calling for £100bn of investment into transport in the north.

More than 80 MPs and peers have signed the letter, addressed to Chancellor Philip Hammond, urging the Government to commit to recommendations made by Transport for the North earlier this year.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson and Hull East MP Karl Turner are among those to support the letter, which says investment into rail and road networks in the north would “attract investment, create jobs and encourage overseas companies to set up business.”

MP Diana Johnson has backed the letter

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Lord Jim O’Neill, vice-chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: “As someone attracted to spend some time as a Minister because of the focus on the Northern Powerhouse, and being involved in the setting up of Transport for the North, getting a true state-of-the-art transport network is absolutely key.

“Affordable and quick trains connecting all key parts of the Powerhouse, are vital to delivering on the goal of raising productivity both across the North, and with it, the country as a whole.”

The letter has also been signed by Brigg & Goole MP Andrew Percy.

It urges the Chancellor to commit to the £100bn of funding by 2050.

Hull East MP Karl Turner

“This will allow the North’s economic corridors from the coasts, countryside and ports to towns, cities and airports, to be better connected, to attract investment, to create jobs and encourage UK and overseas companies to set up business in the North of England,” the letter said.

Also included in the letter is a call for the Northern Powerhouse Rail delivery date to be brought forward to 2032.

A better transport connection between cities in the north – including Hull and York – would be “a game-changer,” the letter argues, and said it was vital the scheme was brought forward in line with the arrival of HS2 in Leeds and Manchester.

Hull's rail network has come under fire in recent months

Hull’s transport network has come under the spotlight in recent times.

With regular delays and disruption to the A63 – the only dual-carriageway travelling in and out of the city – and problems on the rails, change has been demanded.

Taking these realistic and achievable steps would provide a considerable boost to the North of England and the UK as a whole, and would reassure our constituents that dramatic improvements to the network are being committed to,” the letter said.

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