Liz Truss has pledged to deliver Norther Powerhouse Rail (NPR) in full if she becomes Prime Minister, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News, based on an interview given to the Northern Agenda news website.
NPR would bring big improvements costing tens of billions of pounds to trans-Pennine rail links in the Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds corridor, plans for which were downgraded by the government last autumn.
But there is no mention in the report of restoring plans to extend high-speed rail from Birmingham to Leeds (HS2b), which would open a gateway to the high-speed network from Newcastle via Darlington and York.
Truss, who is campaigning to be Conservative Party leader, told Northern Agenda that NPR would bring better jobs to the north and address the productivity gap.
Her pledge comes the day after the House of Commons Transport Select Committee published a report asking the government to look again at NPR and HS2b, as reported on this website yesterday.