A view from the ministryby Chris Grayling / August 21, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in September 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
We’ve seen many recent technological revolutions in our lifetimes—now it’s time for the next transport revolution. We’re making the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era: a third runway at Heathrow, and the “Road To Zero” strategy which will make the UK the best place to drive an electric vehicle.
We have made a commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail and are spending more than £13bn through to 2020 to transform transport across the north. We are investing in the Great North Rail Project and the TransPennine Express franchise, to double the capacity of the network with state of the art trains, longer carriages with more seats for passengers and more services by 2020.
We are also investing £55.7bn in HS2, which will become the backbone of our national rail network—helping us to boost jobs and growth, and improve vital links between some of Britain’s biggest cities.
A new third runway at Heathrow will provide benefits of up to £74bn to passengers and the wider economy, as well as creating tens of thousands of jobs. Heathrow is already the UK’s biggest airport for both passengers and freight and the north-west runway will almost double the airport’s capacity for goods. Businesses across the country—including the north—will gain access to new customers around the world.