Budget announcements for the North West in today's budget

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These are the specific announcements for the region sent to us by the Treasury.

  • £243 million for transport improvements in Greater Manchester to drive productivity by improving connectivity and reducing congestion. Specific projects this will fund will be decided by the mayor Andy Burnham. A further £134 million will go to Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram. Other towns and cities across the North West will be able to bid into a £840 million fund to support transport projects in their area.
  • £4 million investment in Jodrell Bank Observatory as part of a £20.5 million project to redevelop its visitor centre – celebrating its vital contribution to science. This will boost its educational school programme, which currently helps 26,000 youngsters every year.
  • An extra £1 million to bolster flood defences across the North West. This builds on the £22 million previously invested in the Anchorsholme Coast protection scheme, which will protect 4,800 properties over the next century.
  • Manchester will become a Tech Hub, supporting businesses and skills in the area to thrive and prosper. This is part of a national expansion of Tech City, with the region receiving a share of £21million to support this.