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North-South Divide: What have the Romans ever done for us?

Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 06 November, 2021 The North-South divide – a concept that captivates this country – may be older than many people think. According to a new school of thought, it’s another thing we owe to the Romans. Preferring a warmer climate and easy trade links to the Continent, Roman legions quickly […]

NORTHUMBERLAND AT FOREFRONT OF FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

  Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 23 October 2021 Is it possible that Northumberland – the cradle of George Stephenson’s ingenious railway, Josephine Butler’s tenacious suffrage, and the prodigious talent of the Charlton brothers – can also claim to be the home of climate activism? We all know of Northumberland’s beautiful scenery, and the region’s […]

HS2 HELPS LEVEL UP HARTLEPOOL’S ECONOMY

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 […]

HOW WE WILL LEVEL UP NORTH AFTER PANDEMIC

Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 25 September, 2021 There is often speculation about an imminent government reshuffle when Parliament returns from summer recess each September. This year, it was described as hitting “fever pitch”, with “swirling rumours” about a fresh look Cabinet spread across the media. I try and avoid all the gossip. But I […]

£5.2 BILLION TO BE INVESTED IN FLOOD DEFENCES OVER NEXT SIX YEARS

  Secretary of State Grant Shapps: 31 July, 2021 The Mill of the Black Monks is not only one of the oldest pubs in Barnsley, but in the country. As a former water mill dating back to 1150, which served the monks of the nearby Cluniac monastery, it has been witness to the unfolding of […]

WHY WE’RE NO LONGER TAKING COALS TO NEWCASTLE

  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 17 July, 2021   Uniting two of the great cities in the north-east, Sunderland and Newcastle, has not always been easy. Any Mackem or Geordie will tell you it’s a longstanding, passionate and fierce rivalry. And historically, fuelled by fuel. In fact, it was this country’s long-favoured fuel – coal […]

NORTH EAST AT FOREFRONT OF EV REVOLUTION

  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 2 July, 2021   By the end of the 1970s, the UK car industry was in a mess. Constant strikes, woeful build quality and the nationalisation of British Leyland had all but destroyed our reputation as a global automotive leader. For each day that German carmakers lost to industrial action, […]

£317M PUMPED INTO CRUCIAL TRANSPENNINE ROUTE

  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 […]

The future of rail

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 21 May, 2021 Close to Keighley, in the small village of Oakworth, is a rail station that defines this country’s love affair with the railways. With gas-lit lamps, a framed portrait of Queen Victoria, and polished signs for Brasso and Old Calabar dog food, it is a place near-frozen in time. […]

Transforming bus services to deliver ‘turn up and go’ travel

  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps: 20 March, 2021   When the UK team rode into the Olympic stadium in Beijing to take on the torch in 2008, their steed was a bright red double-decker bus. This everyday vehicle, both beautiful and practical, is an icon of modern Britain. Buses are the workhorses of our public […]