Osborne should 'put up or shut up' over derailed Northern Line electrification #NorthernPowercut


CHANCELLOR George Osborne should 'put up or shut-up' over plans to electrify the Northern Line, as part of his pet 'Northern Powerhouse' project.

That's the verdict of Ashton-under-Lyne Labour MP Angela Rayner, after the Government announced a 'pause' in the plans, part of a £13 billion rail modernisation scheme, which would create 7,000 new jobs.

She is demanding a 'cast-iron commitment' from the Chancellor to go ahead with the scheme to electrify the line between Manchester and Leeds.

Angela Rayner MP said: "We must pressure the Government to deliver on its promises, otherwise the Chancellor's pet Northern Powerhouse project will be seen as so much empty rhetoric.

"This project has already been delayed for far too long - the uncertainty needs to be ended now, once and for all.

"We need a cast-iron commitment from the Chancellor that electrification will go ahead, with a start date in the very near future. He needs to either put up or shut up.

"Electrification would create 7,000 new jobs which the Region's economy badly needs and it would end the travel misery that many commuters experience because of overcrowding.

"I know it's an issue that really matters to people in Ashton and Guide Bridge who experience daily commuting problems and discomfort.

"It would also begin to redress the shocking imbalance between the investment-starved North and the rich South. "

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