Yesterday afternoon I attended an event hosted by The Northern Way to promote the Northern Hub (previously known as the Manchester Hub). The proposals being put forward by Network Rail would help transform the rail network, not just in Greater Manchester, but for the North of England (hence the renaming). To ensure that the economy of the north can grow, we need to ensure that the Northern Hub is funded.
By coincidence I was being interviewed this afternoon about the massive gap in funding of public transport between London and the rest of the country. The North West receives per capita about a third of that of London. This must change, and a good start is ensuring that the Northern Hub is fully funded.
You can find out more about The Northern Way initiative here: www.thenorthernway.co.uk