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4NW builds case for High Speed Rail

Policy advisory body, 4NW, formerly the North West Regional Assembly, is seeking consultants to help it prepare for the Government's High Speed Rail consultation in early 2010.

The tender brief says: "A large amount of information has already been published on the concept both in the UK and abroad, some of this is noted in this brief. However, work to date has not been specific to the Northwest. The region requires the development of an evidence base so that regional leaders can take an informed view of the concept and how it might be applied in the Northwest."

Transport secretary Lord Adonis has reinvigorated discussion around high-speed rail links between the UK's main cities. He has put forward plans for a £20bn North-South line linking London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Scotland.

Wigan-based 4NW represents the region's local authorities and advises the North West Development Agency and central government on policy and budgets. Private sector companies, universities and housing groups are represented on its board alongside council leaders.

The deadline for entries is 10 December. See the 4NW website for more details.

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