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Commenting on publication today (Thursday) of the Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

“The Northern Powerhouse Rail plan has been cut back beyond recognition.

“By scrapping the HS2 Leeds branch and Manchester to Leeds line, this government has removed a lynchpin of the Northern Powerhouse. Around this hole, regional development plans will unravel. Plans that would have brought good jobs and greater prosperity.

“The Midlands and the North have the talent to compete with the world. But they need the infrastructure to match. Yet again, there is a gulf between what the Prime Minister promises, and what he delivers.”

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