Rail is vi­tal for the fu­ture of the North

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RAIL is fun­da­men­tal to Mersey­side’s pros­per­ity. That’s why we – the rail com­pa­nies in the North – joined others from across the coun­try to launch our plan for a chang­ing and im­prov­ing rail­way that will se­cure al­most £85bn of ex­tra eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the coun­try, im­prove jour­neys for our cus­tomers and bet­ter con­nect our com­mu­ni­ties, from Hoy­lake to Huy­ton and Speke to South­port. Only this plan, de­liv­ered by a chang­ing part­ner­ship rail­way, will se­cure the eco­nomic ben­e­fits from cur­rent in­vest­ment by the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, and en­able fur­ther im­prove­ment and in­vest­ment. To get there we are mak­ing four com­mit­ments for change – for our econ­omy, our cus­tomers, our com­mu­ni­ties and our peo­ple. We will use these com­mit­ments to frame and guide our de­ci­sion-mak­ing from now on, and we will de­liver – pub­lish­ing a progress re­port ev­ery year – be­cause the rail­way is so im­por­tant to the North’s fu­ture pros­per­ity. David Brown, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of North­ern (Arriva Rail North); Amanda Hines, gen­eral man­ager for Vir­gin Trains on the west coast route; Andy Cooper, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cross­Coun­try; Leo Good­win, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press; Martin Fro­bisher, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Net­work Rail’s Lon­don North West­ern Route; Rob McIn­tosh, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Net­work Rail’s Lon­don North Eastern Route; Jake Kelly, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of East Mid­lands Trains

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