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Northern England Due Next Big Infrastructure Spending

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Northern England Due Infrastructure Spending Before Government Approves Further £27.5 Billion For Crossrail 2 Says GMB Northern Region

Before George Osborne gives any go ahead to spend a total of £42.3 billion on London crossings he must first fund necessary infrastructure projects in this region says GMB Northern Region.

GMB Northern Region commented on reports that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will announce £100m in the Public Spending Review for Crossrail 2 in London. See notes to editors for copy of interview in Evening Standard and report in FT.

Billy Coates, GMB Northern Regional Secretary, said “There are reports that George Osborne is preparing to spend £100m to prepare for Crossrail 2 in London.

This is while Crossrail 1 is still being constructed with a final cost of £14.8 billion.  Crossrail 2 has a projected cost of at least £27.5 billion.

Before George Osborne gives any go ahead to spend a total of £42.3billion on east to west and north to south crossings in London he must first fund necessary infrastructure projects in this region.

These are just some of major infrastructure projects required in the Northern Region of England that require funding:

·    Dualling of A1 trunk road to Border where elements north of Newcastle are currently in parts single lane.

·    Dualling of A66, A69, A189 trunk roads.

·    North Bank of Tyne Project for marine renewables and offshore wind farm technology.

·    Regeneration of massive brownfield sites across the region.

·    New nuclear power station at Sellafield.

·    Extension of Tyne and Wear Metro to Durham taking in Washington and re-opening the Leamside Line and also opening up the Blyth -    Ashington line to link to Newcastle Airport to then link up with the Tyne and Wear Metro.

·    Improving rail links to other Northern and Scottish cities.

·    That is on top of any work to invest in SSI Redcar. The £200m needed is drop in the bucket of the total costs of Crossrail.

People in the Northern Region of England need a fair crack of the whip on investment. HS2 starting in London to Birmingham does little for this part of England.

As London gets a completed Crossrail 1 the next major infrastructure spending has to be in the North of England. London and the South East cannot hog all the investment.“

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Contact:  Chris Jukes 07870 176 733 or Billy Coates 07870 176 734 or 0191 233 3930 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

1 Text of report in Evening Standard dated on 16th September 2015:

“In an interview with the Evening Standard, marking the crowning of London’s 1,000 most influential citizens, the Chancellor revealed that the north-south rail scheme will get an important mention in his autumn blueprint for future big ticket spending.

“I’ll have more to say in the public spending review,” he said of the  £12 billion scheme, which would transform travel through the capital, linking by tunnels Alexandra Palace, Islington, Wimbledon and beyond.”

2 Text of report in Financial Times dated 5th October 2015:

Mr Osborne was expected to announce £100m of preliminary money for Crossrail 2 in his summer Budget but the announcement was withheld, according to sources familiar with the plan.

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