Improving connectivity between the east and west of the UK should be delivered before future Crossrail phases, according to Liverpool council’s chief executive.
Speaking at the Mipim international property event, Ged Fitzgerald said that improving transport connectivity in the North of England must be the main focus for government.
He said: “Crossrail 6 or 7 is likely to be progressing more rapidly before east-west connectivity and that cannot be right. There’s nothing wrong with Crossrail – we need to improve connectivity in the North because the infrastructure hasn’t been invested in and hasn’t been modernised in far too long.”
Fitzgerald called for more focus on improving transport links between Manchester and Liverpool, which would in turn reduce journey times from Manchester airport to other cities in the region including Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle.
“Surely that’s the agenda we should be pushing rather than just allowing the default position of allowing the latest phase of Crossrail to dominate public sector expenditure,” he added.