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Transport infrastructure plans for a Northern Powerhouse

Transport infrastructure plans for a Northern Powerhouse

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Brabners Head of Corporate Liverpool, Mark Rathbone spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live this week following former Chancellor George Osborne’s call for the government’s commitment to back Crossrail North.

Mark highlighted the need for better transport links between Liverpool in the North West and Hull in the North East, linking Manchester and Leeds in between, not only connecting businesses and increasing job opportunities in the region, but also support trade and infrastructure allowing better flow of freight and international trade.

As a business that has been operating in the north for over 200 years and with offices across Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, Brabners like thousands of businesses is impacted by the northern powerhouse rail programme. The three main benefits from the improvements in the infrastructure will cover both businesses and individuals by:

  • Giving better access to a unified talent pool
  • Connectivity between businesses
  • Time – a lot less time and money spent on travel

Further development of the transport links will also support logistics and the ability to move freight will help sectors like manufacturing and retail, building better international trade links.

Essentially we should be looking in enabling more freight to be moved around by tackling the passenger rail network and providing more room for improvements in the rail and sea infrastructure.

There are two plans for the North – bringing in goods into the north and move them to the rest of the country and alleviate jams and pressure on the existing networks.

Mark comments: “As we build the amount of freight that is going to be on the roads and rails there’s going to be log jams both on the road and the rails and we need infrastructure investments to stop that occurring.”

The demand is not just a commuter issue but an infrastructure challenge. And it is clear from the leadership support this week that the north will welcome all investments in future as the rail infrastructure improvements have been long overdue. 

To listen to Mark's full interview, click here