Manchester City Council

No Time to Lose

Yesterday representatives from two countries, six cities and four political parties met in Manchester Town Hall to discuss forming a campaign for a national High-Speed Rail network.

More on that in a few weeks but later today I will be again experiencing why we desperately need such a network when I take the train to Leeds - almost an hour for a journey of little more than fifty kilometres. I'm going for a Northern Way steering group meeting where one of the major themes is transport. They've been supporting work on case-making for high-speed rail but even with a successful campaign that would be many years away. In the meantime we could improve journey times to places like Leeds significantly if we could tackle railway congestion in what is known as the Manchester hub and work done, again for the Northern Way, shows that this could not only lead to quicker, cleaner journeys but also add £billions to the economy of the North of England.

Before that a shorter journey, back to Crumpsall, to witness the signing of the development agreement for the new King David schools. This is just one element of the city's £700m investment in schools programme - a programme that is keeping 8000 people in work, supporting 458 apprentices and trainees and of course creating a first class learning environment for our children.

There are 3 responses to “No Time to Lose ”

  1. Bill Harrop Says:

    I am pleased to see you are talking about the high speed rail option.

    And while I am sure you are aware that there are many more benefits to such a scheme than time saving and economy boosts it is disappointing that there is no mention of the positive environmental impact it will have.

    Improving more sustainable modes like rail have implications that far outweigh the economic, in my opinion.

    What good is a multi billion pound economy on a dying / dead planet?

  2. Richard Leese Says:

    May have been a bit too succinct but the reference to " cleaner " journeys was intended to encompass the very significant environmental benefits that would ensue, including the transfer of very many journeys currently made by plane to train

  3. Ken Harper Says:

    Whats the obsession with promoting faith based schools in Manchester? Society is diverse and those of us with no faith are concerned that children are exposed to specific teaching on faith at schools at a time when they are not able to debate and consider the issues maturely and objectively. And are we absolutely sure that some faith schools dont screen out from admission kids with special needs?



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