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Northern transport: correcting a shameful London bias

I welcome the government’s commitment to the TransPennine rail route—but we need to go much further

By Kevin Hollinrake   October 2019

Boris Johnson's Conservatives are likely to enjoy the greatest Conservative majority since 1987. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

Our transport system in the north has been woefully neglected compared to the south. There is no one railway line that connects the great northern cities, so it’s not just a case of hopping on a train to travel from one town or city to another. It involves changes, multiple stops en route and delays and cancellations. It’s not just new infrastructure that we need in the north—it’s better trains, more frequent services and more accurate communications.

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