LEP welcomes One North report
Sheffield City Region LEP has welcomed the Chancellor’s response to the One North report – a new transport plan developed by a coalition of key Northern cities that was presented to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins today (Tuesday 5 August).
James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region, said:
“Sheffield City Region LEP welcomes the Chancellor’s encouraging response to the One North report which sets out plans to rebalance the national economy by improving connections between city regions in the north.
“HS2 and better transport connectivity, particularly with Manchester, is a key part of the Sheffield City Region LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan by which we aim to create 70,000 new private sector jobs and 6,000 new businesses over the next ten years.
“We hope that the Chancellor will further strengthen his resolve to spread the benefits of HS2 to the north by supporting our bid to bring the High Speed Rail College to Doncaster in the Sheffield City Region.”
The report, One North: A Proposition for an interconnected North has been formulated in response to the challenge set out by Sir David in his original report HS2 Plus and the Chancellor in his Northern Powerhouse speech on 23 June and is being launched by an alliance of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield.
The ambitious programme laid out would maximise economic growth across the north, boosting transport links and helping rebalance the national economy.
If adopted, the £15 billion, 15-year investment plan, which complements the HS2 proposals, could deliver benefits for the whole of the North of England including up to 150% additional capacity on roads and as much as 55% faster journey times on a faster, more frequent interconnected rail network.
It would also deliver new trains running on a dedicated 125 mph trans-Pennine rail-link, a faster route to Newcastle and better access to ports and airports – improving freight and logistics movements across the country and benefiting personal and business travellers.
One North has been supported by a significant number of other key cities and regions including Hull, Bradford, Wakefield and York – who have all helped shape the findings of the report.
The report proposes:
• Increased road capacity for both freight and personal travel through extended managed motorways, addressing gaps in the network and improving links to ports.
• A very fast, frequent and high quality intercity rail network joining up city regions – including a new trans-Pennine route (tunnelled as necessary), a faster link to Newcastle and improved access to Manchester Airport.
• Improved regional rail networks to provide additional capacity and help sustain growth, interconnected with HS2 and intercity services plus local tram networks and more park and ride facilities.
• New rolling stock (as a priority), electrification of existing lines, higher service frequencies and addressing pinch-points on the rail network.
• A digital infrastructure enabling real-time information, greater network resilience and faster connections between key areas to personal and business users.
• Improved access to enable efficient freight movements by rail, road and water including ports, rail links and distribution centres.
• Building HS2 early – extending Phase One to Crewe and bringing forwards the delivery of HS2 between Leeds and Sheffield.
• Improving East/West rail freight capability across the Pennines, linking major ports to north/south rail routes.