Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond announces extra funding for northern transport infrastructure

The chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, has backed transport improvements across the Northern Powerhouse with £400m of extra funding.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference on Monday (2nd October), Mr Hammond announced the delivery of a further £300m towards Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Connect services to enable faster services between Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and York, as well as the East Midlands and London.

Meanwhile, more than £100m is being allocated towards local road schemes to reduce congestion and speed up journeys.

Transport for the North (TfN) has welcomed the announcement and said: “When planning the Northern Powerhouse Rail programme, we have been mindful of the importance both of accommodating future demand and making the most of infrastructure investment that has already been committed, particularly HS2.

“This announcement is a significant step forward in TfN’s plans for the development of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

“It will enable much-needed transformational rail connections for the North to be delivered cheaper, faster and with less disruption.”

The government has already provided £23bn in local road funding through the National Productivity and Investment Fund (NPIF).

This funding will go towards 13 priority schemes in the North West, 10 in Yorkshire and the Humber and 10 across the North East.

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