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Commenting on the news today (Wednesday) that the government is cutting the £600m budget for upgrading the North’s railways by £200m, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams said: 

“The Government claims to be investing more in transport for the North, but once again we are being short-changed. These announcements were already made last year with a promise of £600m funding. Today we see ministers making the same promises but with £200m sliced off the budget.

“Our question to the government is, when will the broken promises end?”


Editors note

- The government initially announced £600m for Transpennine upgrades in July 2020

- The same upgrades were announced today but with a reduced budget of £400m to be shared with rail projects in other parts of the country

- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.


Gareth Forest (Lewis)
0113 200 1075
07810 374976 

TUC national press office   
020 7467 1248 

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