Government accused of a ‘betrayal’ of the North over revised rail plan

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The Government has been accused of a “betrayal of trust” as it set out its long-awaited revised plans for Northern England and the Midlands. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) would slash journey times across the region with 110 miles of new high-speed line. But Labour said the package unveiled in the House of Commons abandoned previous assurances given on the extension of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

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