Statement - Integrated Rail Plan

Charlie Cornish, CEO of MAG, said:

“Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 are essential to driving transformational growth in all parts of the North, and we continue to believe that delivering both schemes in full would maximise their benefits for the region.

“Putting Manchester Airport at the heart of the new network will mean quicker and easier journeys to the North’s global gateway, helping to unlock investment and economic growth right across the region and deliver wide-ranging cultural, leisure, trade and investment benefits.

“Bringing more towns and cities across the North within easy reach of Manchester Airport will help stimulate new direct links to important international markets, making a vital contribution to the UK’s levelling-up agenda.

“We will now continue to work with the Government and local partners to deliver the new Manchester Airport station as a central component of the North’s future rail network.”