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Osborne: New rail link would create Northern 'powerhouse'

A new high-speed rail connection and better roads could create an economic "powerhouse" in the north of England to rival the success of London, George Osborne has said.

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London to Manchester in one hour on new rail link

New railway plans proposed by Chancellor George Osborne mean commuters could soon travel from London to Manchester in just one hour.

Chancellor George Osborne wants northern cities to be better linked to create a 'northern powerhouse' to rival London. Credit: Stefan Wermuth/PA wire

In a speech in Manchester today Mr Osborne will say 'we must do more to connect our northern cities.'

The proposed line would be based on the existing rail route between the two cities "but speeded up with new tunnels and infrastructure" to create "a third high speed railway for Britain".

He will also propose a high-speed rail connection east-west from Manchester to Leeds.

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