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Plans to turn a rundown industrial area in west London into a thriving new district with up to 24,000 homes moved a step closer yesterday after the government gave the go-ahead to create an Olympic-style development body for the scheme. Eric Pickles, the communities and local government secretary approved the creation of the Old Oak [...]
If 2014 was eventful in business, politics and the economy, this year is sure to prove just as eventful. A UK general election, geopolitical crisis, Eurozone woes and candidates putting themselves forward for the race to the White House will leave no shortage of news. With this in mind the influential business group the Institute [...]
Nigel Farage has spent years moulding Ukip into the perfect political anti-party. Bon-bons, beer and union flag bunting are in; political-correctness, strict party-lines and untouchable budgets are firmly out. But for how long? The anti-establishment teenager has grown into a young adult. At 21, the party is beginning to be taken seriously, having graduated to [...]
Andrew Carter, acting chief executive of the Centre for Cities, says Yes. Improving rail links between London and the north, and between our largest northern cities, is a critical step in turning the political rhetoric of building a northern powerhouse into reality. Fast and frequent transport systems enable businesses to collaborate and share knowledge and [...]
George Osborne's plans to create a "northern powerhouse" by cutting the time it takes to travel between Manchester and Leeds in half, have been embraced in a new report published by David Higgins today. In his report, the chairman of the much-maligned HS2 will say reducing the journey times between cities in the North is [...]
David Cameron and George Osborne will today throw their weight behind a third high-speed rail network, HS3, to connect northern cities and towns and grow the HS2 project into a bigger transport shake-up for the UK. Under new plans, which are in their early stages, the HS3 link would make it quicker to travel between [...]
Both the Prime Minister and the chancellor will back plans for a high-speed rail line in the North of England dubbed HS3. The route will link Manchester and Leeds and is part of George Osborne's vision to create a "northern powerhouse" to extend economic prosperity beyond London and the South East. HS3 would slash the [...]
HS2 has taken another step towards construction after three new non-executive directors were appointed to the board. Christine Emmett, Neil Masom and Baroness Jo Valentine have all been appointed by secretary of Transport Patrick McLoughlin. “Jo, Christine and Neil, working with the existing members of the board, will bring the cumulative experience we need for [...]
A high-speed rail connection between Leeds and Manchester would boost the northern economy, chancellor George Osborne has said. Speaking to the BBC Osborne said that a HS3 line would forge a "northern powerhouse," allowing the region to "take on the world." Such developments would come with a £7bn price tag, but the figure could fall if [...]
The construction headquarters of the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway line will be based in Birmingham it was announced yesterday, with a number of jobs to be moved from London. The new HQ is due to open in phases starting from 2015 and will employ around 1,500 staff. Ben Ruse, lead spokesman at [...]
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