New Rail Link Between Manchester and Leeds Announced

by Traveleads | July 29, 2019 | Latest News

The MAG (Manchester Airports Group), the owner of Manchester , Stansted and Midlands airports were among those to welcome the Prime Ministers pledge to build a new high-speed rail line between Manchester and Leeds.

Boris Johnson said the new route would “turbo-charge” regional growth and prosperity. The development is projected to cut journey times significantly, from 1hr-plus on average to less than 30min, and provide extra capacity across the region.

The prime minister’s pledge is certain to revive speculation on the future of the £56bn HS2 project designed to link London, the Midlands and the North. Johnson said the full details of the Leeds – Manchester route would be published in the autumn following a promised review into HS2.

Airport company MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish said: “The prime minister’s commitment to build a new rail line between Manchester and Leeds is an important and welcome step towards the creation of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

“As well as improving connectivity across the North, the full Northern Powerhouse Rail route will make it easier and quicker for people to get to Manchester Airport, which will strengthen global connectivity and international trade links from the North.”

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