Critics point out there is still a huge wealth gap between the North and the South, but it’s far too soon to judge whether the Northern Powerhouse project is a success - because it hasn’t really begun. In fact, it’s only next week, on Tuesday, it really gets under way, “Chronicle live” reports.
That’s when the new regional transport body, Transport for the North, will publish plans for improvements to transport links between cities in the North of England. They’re set to include new rail lines connecting the cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle. This is what the Government calls Northern Powerhouse Rail, though as it will link to the planned HS2 high speed line it could also be described as an expansion of HS2. Either way, it will be a major project. And there will also be a new road connecting the North East and the North West, possibly with a tunnel underneath the Pennines.