Councillor Andrew Waller, the Liberal Democrat interim Deputy Leader of City of York Council, is seeking assurances from the government that York will receive its fair share of the £300 million allocated by the Chancellor for rail network improvements in the north.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced £400m of investment in transport infrastructure in the north, including a £300m fund to improve connections to the new HS2 route. The announcement comes after a backlash from northern councils over the government’s plans to abandon rail electrification schemes.
Ahead of a meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)on Thursday 5 October, Councillor Andrew Waller said:
“We welcome the additional funding for improving northern railway networks but we need to be sure that this is enough for the task. Clearly it is much less than the funding for major schemes in the south east, such as Crossrail, however this does recognise the need for investment in rail in the north.”
The meeting of the WYCA will take place in Leeds and Councillor Waller will continue to press for details and assurances that York railway station will get the same attention as Leeds in the regional plans.