One of the most ambitious plans to overhaul the transport system in the north of England has been revealed.
Chancellor George Osborne supported drastic proposals from council chiefs across the region that include a super-fast inter-city network – featuring a new trans-Pennine and extra motorway capacity.
The proposal would maximise economic growth across the north and contribute to the national economy.
Labelled One North, if adopted the £15bn, 15 year investment which also counterparts the HS2 proposals, could increase 150% capacity on roads, slash journey times by half and a more interconnected rail network.
In the proposed report it states that a 125mph trans-Pennine rail link, a faster link to Newcastle and better access to Manchester Airport are needed.
The plan is the work of five cities, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool and Sheffield.
The council have stated that the partner cities will continue to work together with the major transport companies such as Network Rail and the Highways Agency as well as the government, in order for it to be phased and an investment programme developed.
For more information on the proposals visit Manchester City Council’s website