Infrastructure investment could create ‘northern powerhouse’

By Martin McKervey 

You don’t have to look far to see infrastructure investment in the north is not at the level it should be. Only last week, there was an article published on the BBC News website titled ‘North’s outdated infrastructure costs UK billions’. The report by the RSA City Growth Commission suggests the government should give regional conurbations more say in national policy making and put transport and broadband between regional cities at the heart of investment decisions.

Hopefully, the recent announcements on local growth funding will present a promising opportunity for cities in the north. In particular, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield have the opportunity to work together to combine strengths and form an economic hub. The regional funding should deliver a much needed boost for our regional economies and can allow new homes to be built and essential improvements to existing transport infrastructure to be made…

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