To say that I was utterly and completely underwhelmed by the announcement of this ‘new’ money to assist with the so called Northern Powerhouse Rail project yesterday at the Tory Party conference is to put it politely.
£300m will go nowhere with a massive civil engineering project such as this
I knew I was right when the BBC said Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham had welcomed it – I would not want to be on the same page as Mr Burnham.
I must qualify as one of the North West Region’s greatest skeptics with regard to the Northern Powerhouse, or Northern Poorhouse as I like to call it. Just look at the Billions upon Billions of £’s spent on railways in the South East of England; it so dwarfs the tiny amounts being brushed off the Chancellor’s table in a northerly direction as to make us look like we are indeed being treated like inmates of a poorhouse.
No I’m sorry but I want to see investment into the North of England in the Billions of £’s from Government before I will join the likes of the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester in welcoming what to date has been small beer monies at best.