Brexit won’t af­fect HS2 pol­icy, says North­ern Pow­er­house Min­is­ter

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Govern­ment is not scrap­ping HS2 in or­der to fund the Brexit Bill, de­spite press re­ports to the con­trary.

In a Com­mons de­bate on April 24, Jim McMa­hon (Labour, Old­ham West and Roy­ton), cited a story in the Manch­ester Evening News which claimed that the govern­ment had come un­der pres­sure from Con­ser­va­tive back benchers to shelve HS2 and use the re­sources to fund to the Brexit Bill.

He then asked: “Will the Min­is­ter con­firm that HS2 to Manch­ester will go ahead, on time and to the bud­get that has been out­lined?”

North­ern Pow­er­house Min­is­ter An­drew Percy re­sponded by say­ing “There has been no change to the Govern­ment’s pol­icy on HS2. I re­mind the Honourable Gentle­man that, in ad­di­tion, there is £13 bil­lion of other in­vest­ment. Over the next two years, par­tic­u­larly on the trans-Pen­nine line, there will be new rail, new car­riages and new ser­vices - a whole new pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence. There will be over £2 bil­lion of in­vest­ment in that im­por­tant trans-Pen­nine route un­der the Govern­ment. The North­ern rail fran­chise will op­er­ate on an im­prove­ment ba­sis, un­like the no-im­prove­ment ba­sis when it was run by the Labour party.”

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