23 June 2014
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that a third high speed rail route linking major northern cities will be considered.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said
"The Chancellor's call for more rail investment to link northern cities is welcome but runs counter to the Governments current consultation on northern rail services. This plan would mean 30 year old diesel trains still being used and suggests service cuts and fares increases. The Government should commit wholeheartedly to real investment and growth in the north's rail network, rather than sending out these mixed messages."