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The Integrated Rail Plan: Ignore doom mongers and naysayers

Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 22 December, 2021  When our Integrated Rail Plan came out last month, it set two records. The first was for the amount of public money spent on railways – a whopping £96 billion – every penny of it being spent in the Midlands and North, supporting connectivity and creating new […]


Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 11 October, 2021 After a party conference speech last week in which the Prime Minister celebrated the Hartlepool by-election, and described levelling up as “the greatest project any government can embark on”, it is perhaps fitting that today we are announcing a major investment to boost and level up Hartlepool’s […]


  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 4 June, 2021 It is unsurprising that HS2 has a much higher media profile than the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU). In fact, if you Google HS2, you’ll generate thirteen times more online search results than Transpennine. And yet, for the many Northern communities it serves, the TRU remains a critically […]

First northern stretch of HS2 cemented in law

  Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps: 19 February, 2021   Britain may have been in lockdown for much of the past year, but it’s been full steam ahead for HS2. After the new railway was given the green light by the Government last February, an army of more than 15,000 workers and more […]