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Ticket to Ride: How high speed rail for Liverpool can help realise the Northern Powerhouse

23rd February 2016
  • ResPublica

The Liverpool City Region, with its world-class port and logistics facilities, growing business community, and cultural vibrancy, has the potential to drive economic growth at a local, regional and national level. Yet without proper infrastructure links to the rest of the country, these assets could well be squandered. This panel event, coinciding with ResPublica’s latest report launch, will examine the case for new infrastructure connecting Liverpool into the HS2 network, allowing the city to develop its economic profile to the benefit of the North of England as a whole.

HS2 is a once in a generation investment: the opportunities it offers should be grasped in full. Yet the current route plan risks delivering lower and less evenly distributed growth for the North compared to a scenario where a link to Liverpool is included. The economic progress seen in the City Region since the turn of the millennium in particular may fall away if it does not see investment in first rate transport connections.

This event will discuss the case for connecting the wider North West into the emerging national high speed rail network, via a link into Liverpool city centre from the planned HS2 route to the north of Crewe. We are delighted to be joined by a host of high-profile speakers, including the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis, as we make the case for this investment which will unleash the enormous potential of  the Liverpool City Region.


Lord Adonis, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica

Louise Ellman MP, Member for Liverpool Riverside & Chair of the Transport Select Committee

Chair: Andy Bounds, North of England Correspondent, Financial Times


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