"Detailed plans" for the route of a high speed rail line from Birmingham to Yorkshire will be published "soon", the Transport Secretary has announced.
In a speech to the Conservative Party conference, Patrick McLoughlin said:
– Patrick McLoughlin MP, Transport Secretary
At the start of this year, the government committed to build a new line not just to Birmingham but on to Manchester and Leeds. Soon, I’ll publish detailed plans for the route north of Birmingham. But I want even more parts of our country to benefit.
So we’re launching a study on the way to get fast journeys further north still. With the aim of getting the journey from Scotland to London to under three hours. And making sure the north-east benefits too.