- 26 Feb 2019
He seems quite keen on devolving this kind of thing. How do the plans look? Are they ready?Having listened to Boris's rather chaotic speech, the only word worth remembering is "fund".
Previous announcements have been about the aspiration for a new Manchester-Leeds line, and getting TfN, NR, HS2 Ltd and others to start planning.
This is the first "bankable" statement that something (presumably more than NR's limited CP6 upgrade) will happen.
But Boris immediately said it would be up to local people to decide what happens next - cue regional and municipal fights about route and priority.
I think we are now in headless chicken mode...