Y-shaped rail route welcomed

THE North East Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the Government’s announcement that it prefers a Y-shaped approach to developing high speed rail in the UK. However, NECC sounded a note of caution at the timeframes outlined by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

 Andrew Sugden, NECC director of membership and policy, said: “”Mr Hammond’s announcement reflects a welcome recognition by the Coalition Government that high speed connections need to be a national network not simply a London-Manchester route.

 “However, the North East needs to be part of that network and an open-ended delay of 20 years or more will not provide any confidence that the North East will ever benefit, nor will it give confidence to investors considering our region.

“The challenge now will be making sure that the public finances are strong enough to deliver the essential investment.”

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