There’s a huge economic argument for delivering on HS2

By Dr Arianna Giovannini | 03 October 2023

Here we go again: the Government might scrap another bit of the HS2 in the North. The high-speed rail project was heralded as an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse strategy (remember that?), aimed at bridging the North-South divide and rebalancing the economy.

When, in 2014, the then chancellor George Osborne announced the plan, he boldly claimed that once connected by a modern transport system ‘northern cities could take on the world’. Nine years later, so many parts of the initial HS2 line have been chopped that there’s basically nothing left of it in the North. Meanwhile, the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) project (which should have provided a much-needed East-West connection across the North, and should have developed in tandem with HS2) has been watered down to a simple upgrade of the existing Transpennine route, quietly disappearing from the headlines.

Want full article access?

Receive The MJ magazine each week and gain access to all the content on this website with a subscription.

Full website content includes additional, exclusive commentary and analysis on the issues affecting local government.

Already a subscriber? Login

Mayors Transport inequality Levelling up



Open Now

The MJ Awards are not just a celebration of success stories... They provide the people in local government with the recognition they deserve. If your colleague, team or organisation has gone above and beyond over the last 12 months, show you care by nominating them for an MJ Award today.
View Categories

theMJ Awards