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Government confirms commitment to high-speed rail link to Manchester

October 5, 2010

Transport Minister Philip Hammond yesterday confirmed the government’s commitment to bringing high speed rail to Manchester saying “I can announce today that the Government’s preferred option for High Speed Rail north of Birmingham will be for two separate corridors. One direct to Manchester, and then connecting on to the West Coast Main Line, and the other via the East Midlands and South Yorkshire – with stations in both areas – before connecting to the East Coast Main Line north of Leeds. The so-called ‘Y’ option.

“Giving us High Speed Rail connectivity – not just between London and Birmingham, but onwards to Leeds and Manchester. A strategic project that will make rail the mode of choice for most intercity journeys within the UK, and for many beyond.

Work on the massive project is expected to begin in 2015 and it will be at least 10 years before services to Manchester are up and running.

It’s a great relief to see how, over the last few years, rail has been transformed from “yesterday’s technology” to tomorrow’s in government eyes !

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