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PM approves major infrastructure works

PM gives green light for A6 link to Manchester Airport and electrification of train line to Leeds.

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The Prime Minister has given approval for a number of major projects to improve Britain’s infrastructure including railways and roads.

The Government is supporting Network Rail in electrifying the Transpennine route between Manchester and Leeds. The decision to electrify the route starting next year will, in conjunction with the Ordsall Chord, cut journey times between Liverpool and Newcastle by 45 minutes, improve reliability, and attract new private investment in the North of England.

There will also be a scheme to introduce a new east-west dual carriageway road linking the M56 at Manchester airport to the A6 south of Stockport. It will significantly improve access to Manchester Airport, and the Airport Enterprise Zone, from the East, including Derbyshire.

It will also relieve congestion and support growth in the wider South Manchester corridor.

Speaking during a visit to a Northern Rail Maintenance Depot in Manchester today, Mr Cameron said:

I am delighted to give the green light to these major projects. They will provide a massive boost to Manchester.

The electrification of the trans-Pennine line has the potential to deliver huge economic benefits for each community on this route - cutting journey times, improving services and helping to drive future growth, jobs and prosperity.

It is imperative that we direct investment into the projects that can deliver the biggest returns, benefiting passengers and businesses for years to come.

Published 28 November 2011