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Friday, March 20, 2015

TransNorth rail and road plan unveiled but unions call it 'electioneering'

Proposals for high-speed rail, better road links and a tunnel under the Pennines could speed up travel between northern cities but Aslef calls £65bn plan ‘fanciful’

The chancellor, George Osborne, is joining city leaders from across the north on Friday to unveil a comprehensive strategy for transport in the region, including potential new rail routes and a possible road tunnel through the Peak District.

The report from Transport for the North – the new body of combined authorities – proposes cutting journey times with high-speed railways, new road connections, and Oyster-style smartcards and simpler fares throughout the region.

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