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VIDEO: PRIME Minister Boris Johnson made a whistle-stop visit to Warrington’s Bank Quay Station following the Government’s announcement of a £96 billion investment in the rail network, including a new high-speed line between Warrington and Manchester.
During his visit, Mr Johnson met with Warrington South MP Andy Carter and local Conservative group leader Cllr Kath Buckley.
Mr Johnson said: “My mission is to level up opportunity across our country, which is why we’re making train journeys faster and more reliable through the biggest ever public investment in our rail network.
“This is because better rail connections are essential for growing local economies and businesses, and our Integrated Rail Plan will deliver better services to more people, more quickly.”
“Levelling up has to be for everyone, not just the biggest cities. That’s why we will transform transport links between our biggest cities and smaller towns, ensuring we improve both long-distance and vital local services and enabling people to move more freely across the country wherever they are.”
Mr Carter said:“To see Warrington feature so prominently in the Governments Integrated Rail Plan released today is really re-assuring. I’ve consistently called for better links to Manchester and Liverpool because constituents have told me they want the Government to prioritise this. The Government has taken note and we’re getting the infrastructure our town needs.
“A new high-speed line between Warrington, Manchester and a plan to use the Fiddlers Ferry Line to Liverpool will release capacity on the existing network for commuter trains and freight and will allow a new station hub to be created at Warrington Bank Quay, using the lower-level lines through Arpley sidings.
“This plan will have real benefits for Warrington town centre, the link between Northern Powerhouse Rail and the West Coast Mainline will make the town an attractive place to locate and I want to see the benefits of this £96bn package realised as soon as possible, people cannot wait forever to see material differences.”
As we launch the biggest ever public investment in our railways, I’m taking the train across the North and Midlands to show how our Integrated Rail Plan will transform journeys.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 18, 2021