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Chancellor George Osborne has proposed a third high-speed rail link to connect Manchester and Leeds, a move he says will help to create a ‘Northern powerhouse’ city economy to rival that of London.

A move many will see as long overdue, the Chancellor’s trans-Pennine high speed network will theoretically help these Northern cities to compete with London and the Southeast.

‘We need an ambitious plan to make the cities and towns here in this Northern belt radically more connected from east to west – to create the equivalent of travelling around a single global city,’ said Osborne.

‘I want us to start thinking about whether to build a new high-speed rail connection east-west from Manchester to Leeds.’

Should the proposal go ahead, a high-speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester would certainly be a boon for businesses and commuters in the North. However, the significant infrastructure project such a move would necessitate is also good news for the region’s construction firms.

The Chancellor suggested that the new high-speed connection would be ‘based on the existing rail route, but speeded up with new tunnels and infrastructure.’ Naturally, this would require significant support from infrastructure construction firms in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

It remains to be seen whether Osborne’s proposal is a genuine possibility or merely a tactic to win over floating voters in two cities that are traditionally known as Labour strongholds. However, West Yorkshire construction firms should be aware that such infrastructure projects could be on the horizon. Our construction industry job costing software is just what you need to determine whether or not a contact is worth pursuing.