The Yorkshire Post says: Why today’s £300Million HS2 funding announcement means so much

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s decision now to make additional funding available for HS2 links at Leeds Station is, at face value, a mundane matter at the end of a politically turbulent week in which his stance on Brexit – and apparent reluctance to prepare for Britain leaving the EU with no deal – has exposed the Government’s many fault-lines.

Yet, while Mr Hammond won’t be winning any popularity contests at present from transport campaigners, hardened Brexiteers and those more mischievous members of the national media who have chosen to portray him as Eeyore, the significance of this announcement should not be under-estimated.
By making it easier to connect HS2 with high-speed rail services across the Pennines, the Chancellor is, in fact, planning for the future.

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