High Speed 3 'will not fire up the Northern Powerhouse' 

Government investment in the North’s cities might be better put towards improving skills, and developing transport networks within cities themselves, rather than between them. The think tank report concluded that the primary focus of the Northern Powerhouse project should be “on making its cities more attractive to business investment”.

Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities, said: “The Government’s initiative has the potential to have a huge impact in addressing the North-South divide, but only if it maintains its original focus of boosting productivity in major Northern cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

“These big urban areas have the most potential for growth in the region, but are currently underperforming, especially in comparison to cities in more successful areas such as the Rhine-Ruhr and Randstad areas.”

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