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.
A project to replace the Great Howard Street Bridge on the A565 in Liverpool has seen construction costs grow by more than £1m due to delayed service diversions and “unforeseen issues”, according to the council.
Arriva bus drivers have voted to reject the latest pay offer in their stand-off with the transport operator, making it more likely the nine strike days announced for December, plus Monday 27 November, will go ahead.
The Budget confirmed a £300m funding package, previously announced in October, to help improve connectivity between HS2 and stations in Manchester and Crewe, alongside £35m to help improve mobile communications for train passengers on the Trans-Pennine route from Manchester to York.