Starmer commits to working with mayors on new Liverpool-Manchester railway line

Keir Starmer has pledged to work with Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to make a new Liverpool-Manchester railway a reality. 

In the Labour leader’s first visit to the north west on this year’s general election campaign, he told the LDRS, “I am already talking to them about it. I want to ensure that whatever plan we put in place and fund is the right plan for the north west.

“That means working with our mayors. What I’ve said to them is there’s no preconditions about exactly what this looks like, but we need your input into what is the infrastructure. Northern Powerhouse Rail is really, really important — everyone in the north west appreciates that — but so are the trams and the buses. 

“We’ve got to look at it in the round. But this will not be done from Whitehall looking into the north west and deciding what’s best. It will be done with local leaders in the north west, particularly our mayors.

“Without getting ahead of the general election, I’ve already started those discussions with Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherham.”

The general election will be held on Thursday, 4 July. 

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