- Northern Powerhouse Timeline published alongside Budget
- Proposals for slashing the journey time between Leeds and Manchester to 30 minutes to be produced by March 2018
- Chancellor also set aside £161M to accelerate the upgrade of the Lancashire-Yorkshire M62; and £75M to develop a business case for other east-west road connections such as the mooted trans-Pennine tunnel.
Detailed plans for High Speed 3 will be produced within two years, according to a new Northern Powerhouse Timeline released in the Budget.
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The programme was the most significant new document published in Osborne’s 2016 Budget.
The document says proposals for slashing the journey time between Leeds and Manchester to 30 minutes would be produced by March 2018.
This would represent the second of several phases of creating the country’s third high speed rail link, with phase one – an upgrade of the existing TransPennine rail route – getting underway in 2018/19.
Unveiling the government’s spending plans for the year ahead in Parliament today, Osborne awarded £60M for schemes to improve transport connections between Northern cities.
The chancellor also set aside £161M to accelerate the upgrade of the Lancashire-Yorkshire M62; and £75M to develop a business case for other east-west road connections such as the mooted trans-Pennine tunnel.
“We are giving the green light to High Speed 3 between Manchester and Leeds; finding new money to create a four-lane M62; and will develop the case for a new tunnelled road from Manchester to Sheffield,” said Osborne.
Osborne’s desire to press ahead with High Speed 3 had already been trailled, and followed publication earlier this week of the National Infrastructure Commission’s High Speed North report. It said that High Speed 3 should be kick-started between Manchester and Leeds, with the aim of improving on existing enhancements that will reduce journey times from 49mins to 40mins by 2022, to 30mins as a result of a high speed link.
Further south, there was £80M for development of the Crossrail 2 project in London, alongside a request for the same level of contribution from Transport for London. The aim is to place a hybrid bill for the scheme before Parliament by 2020.
Osborne described “major new commitments to the national infrastructure projects of the future” as one of five themes of his Budget.
He said: “Across Britain this Budget invests in infrastructure – from a more resilient train line in the South West, to crossings at Ipswich and Lowestoft in the East – we are making our country stronger.”
Northern Powerhouse Timeline
2015/16 Key Project Starts:
- £220M upgrade to M6 J16-19 between Crewe and Knutsford
- Construction of the £230M A6 to Manchester Airport relief road
- Phase one of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme
2015/16 Key Project Completions:
- Electrification of railway between Manchester and Liverpool
- £120M M1 J39-42 Smart Motorway between Wakefield and Leeds
- Construction of the £300m Liverpool2 deep water terminal at Seaforth
2016/17 Key Project Starts:
- Construction of £200M New Polar Research Vessel, Birkenhead
- New rail franchises for TransPennine Express and Northern start 1 April 2016
- £100M improvement to A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction in Newcastle
- £75M development of improvements to M60, Northern TransPennine links (A66 and A69) and TransPennine tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield
2016/17 Key Project Completions:
- £192M upgrade to A556 Knutsford to Bowdon
- Carrington Power Station enters operation, after a £620m construction
2017/18 Key Project Starts:
- ESIOS – Energy Subsurface Test Centre, Chester
- National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation, Newcastle
- Smart Motorway on the M62 J10-12 (Manchester – Warrington)
- £13M Hull UK City of Culture 2017
2017/18 Key Project Completions:
- £380M of improvement works on the A1 Leeming to Barton
- £210M Smart Motorway on M60 J8 – M62 J20
- Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre, Manchester
- Cognitive Computing Research Centre, Cheshire (Hartree Phase III)
- Plans produced for High Speed 3 between Leeds and Manchester to reduce journey times to around 30 minutes
- National College of High Speed Rail, Doncaster
2018/19 Key Project Starts:
- Ouse and Foss flood defence schemes in York, and phase two of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme
- Publish 2nd Roads Investment Strategy (2020-25), which could include TransPennine tunnel and upgrades to northern TransPennine roads and M60
- Comprehensive upgrades to the TransPennine rail route, paving the way for High Speed 3
2018/19 Key Project Completions:
- Tees Renewable Energy Plant and £190-200M Energy Works in Hull
- Great Exhibition of the North 2018
2019/20 Key Project Starts:
- Upgrades to the A5036 Princess Way and M56 J6-8 Smart Motorway (Manchester Airport – A556)
- Smart Motorway on the M62 J20-25 (Leeds – Manchester)
- Upgrades to the A1 north of Ellingham
- M62/M606 Chain Bar in Bradford
2019/20 Key Project Completions:
- M62 J10-12, M60 J24-27 & J1-4 South of Manchester Smart Motorway
- Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, Manchester
- National Institute for Smart Data Innovation, Newcastle