What happened to the “Northern Powerhouse” once the election was over…

Government freezes rail upgrades and replaces Network Rail boss

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/25/network-rail-chief-to-step-down-as-385bn-upgrades-are-delayed

“The government has shelved promised and vital upgrades to major rail lines in the Midlands and the north of England, just weeks after the election in which the Conservatives campaigned on rebalancing the country and creating a “northern powerhouse”.

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, said the government had “paused” electrification of the Midland mainline from London to Sheffield, and the TransPennine route between Manchester and Leeds that connects major cities across the north, after Network Rail’s costs spiralled and it missed targets. ”

Suppressed HS2 report reveals serious cost concerns

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/26/damning-hs2-report-reveals-serious-cost-concerns

HS2 has just claimed its first victim: the rail upgrades we so badly need

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/26/hs2-vanity-project-network-rail

… and that is just the Guardian

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4 thoughts on “What happened to the “Northern Powerhouse” once the election was over…

  1. Soddin sponging consultants, politicians, executives, etc. etc. – all of ’em self serving sh*tes.

    I’ve just helped a relative onto the train in Sheffield and what fiasco – couldn’t find a place for her single suitcase, jam packed carriage and not exactly the most pristine environment from walking into the station.

    Powerhouse, don’t make me laugh, as for HS2, classic case of ‘all fur coat and no knickers’.

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  2. So what’s new – Gobsorne is a liar, he doesn’t give a toss what ‘false promises’ he makes, so long as he and his mates are soaking up the tax payers’ dosh.

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