Insights

17
Dec

Rail companies commit to the Northern Powerhouse

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Speaking at a Northern Powerhouse conference organised by Remarkable at the Museum of Science and Industry in July, Manchester’s leader Sir Richard Leese told a 300-strong audience that better public transport connections will be the key that unlocks the potential of a joined-up northern economy that can genuinely rival London. Last week’s rail franchise announcements […]

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09
Dec

Severe weather up North causing a political storm

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The political response to Storm Desmond started on Monday following a weekend of destruction and chaos. Cumbria is reportedly the worst hit county with over 60,000 homes left without power and many lacking clean water, following the strong winds and up to 200m of rainfall. The NHS in Lancashire declared a ‘major incident’, Lancaster University […]

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04
Dec

Transport for the North: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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This week, Transport for the North (TfN) issued its second report, providing an update on its progress since March 2015, as well as outlining its ambitions between now and spring 2016. TfN is an integral part of realising the Northern Powerhouse vision to transform the North of England’s economy and establish it as a competitor […]

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04
Dec

Manchester Devolution: Mark II

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This week, a six-week consultation on the proposed devolution deal for the Sheffield City Region has started. Greater Manchester, however, determined to stay ahead of the pack, is already looking at the next step on its devolution path. The Spending Review included an announcement from George Osborne that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will have […]

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