Wednesday 8 December 2021 / 12:01 AM Louise Haigh / Transport

Labour forces vote in Commons on Prime Minister’s rail betrayal

Labour will today [Wednesday] force a vote in the House of Commons demanding Boris Johnson reverses the North’s rail betrayal.

Northern Powerhouse Rail was committed to more than 60 times by successive Tory Governments, and was in three consecutive Conservative Party manifestos but last month was downgraded and the Eastern Leg of HS2 scrapped.

The scrapping of the HS2 Eastern Leg will have a devastating effect on connectivity and connection times.

And by downgrading Northern Powerhouse Rail, Ministers have also broken their promise to upgrade vital transport infrastructure in full in the North.

It will leave millions of people paying the price for broken Tory promises.

Labour will today urge Conservative MPs to stand up for Northern communities, back the opposition motion, and send a strong message that Boris Johnson’s must deliver on his promises.

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“Northern communities are, once again, paying the price for broken Tory promises on rail.

“This great rail betrayal will hit millions of people, and leave the North in the slow lane for decades to come.

“Promises made must be kept, and today Labour will stand up for our communities and demand they deliver the northern rail investment promised by the Prime Minister.”