East-West not North-South

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While Evan Davis’ programme about London vs The Rest may have ruffled a few feathers, I cannot help thinking he raised one particularly good point.

His call for improvements to the North’s rail infrastructure and public transport connections are extremely timely, as now there is an excellent opportunity to invest.

Lots of people seem to object to the north-south HS2 rail network, but it occurs to me that the tone of some of the criticism amounts of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.

Why not campaign for the HS2 route to be turned into an east-west rail network?

A train line offering fast services connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Hull, with further opportunities for expansion to areas such as Newcastle, would be a huge boost to the North.

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