Cross party group of Northern politicians urge £100bn transport cash boost in Budget

A cross party group of politicians, including senior Tory party grandees, have today taken the unprecedented step of coming together to urge the Chancellor Philip Hammond to commit £100 billion to transform the north’s rail and road network to prevent future generations enduring the misery faced by today’s commuters.
Former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine, former transport minister Robert Goodwill and ex-whip Sir Greg Knight, are part of a group of more than 80 MPs and peers to press for extra investment for the North’s infrastructure to bring it in line with the rest of the country and help bolster the national economy.

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Grayling refuses to be drawn on extra transport cash for the North

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has poured cold water on calls from Northern leaders to allocate additional transport funding for the North.
Speaking during a visit to Leeds today, Mr Grayling would not be drawn on calls from more than 80 MPs and Peers who have asked for £100bn in extra funding for infrastructure projects and an acceleration in delivering high speed rail linking Northern cities.

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