Greater Manchester today launched its HS2 strategy, "The stops are just the start", detailing how HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail could deliver on wider economic growth across the North, and create landmark train stations akin to London St Pancras.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has asked Transport for Greater Manchester and operator KeolisAmey to submit monthly reports on the performance of Metrolink, following criticism of the way incidents and delays have been handled and communicated.
The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has called on Government to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail by 2032/33, providing high-speed links between regional cities at the same time as HS2 reaches the north.
A series of planned closures over the Easter period will pave the way for additional hourly services between Liverpool and Chester, faster travel between Manchester and Stalybridge, and the introduction of new trains between Manchester and Preston.
Work on a new £20m link road between the A49 and Westwood Park looks set to begin, two-and-a-half years after a contract for the project was first awarded, with a funding package of £9m due to be signed off this week.