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19.02.19

MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west.

The pledge, which was coordinated by rail giant Alstom, states that the cross-party MPs will also support the creation of more skilled railway jobs in the two city regions, investment in technology, skills, and people, and to help secure work for the local supply chain.

The MPs from across the two city regions said they will support rail investment in the Liverpool and Manchester corridor rail cluster, and have been backed by a wide range of businesses, bodies, and unions.

The MPs said the region has a “huge amount of untapped potential” and is the site of a key rail cluster.

They wrote: “With the right investment, the Liverpool and Manchester corridor can be a powerhouse for jobs and innovation in rail, with groups like Widnes-based Alstom working closely with SMEs in the supply chain and with unions.”

Mike Hulme, the customer director at Alstom UK and vice-chair of Northern Rail Industry Leaders, said: “The idea behind the pledge was to build a coalition of support in Parliament for rail investment in the region.

“There is such a great potential for the rail industry to be a force in the Liverpool and Manchester city regions, and encouraging local MPs to pledge to support that potential will open the door for investment and jobs.”

Amongst the MPs making the pledge were Mike Amesbury, Luciana Berger, Lucy Powell, Andrew Gwynne, Stephen Twigg, and Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Alstom said the 22 MPs were backed by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Rail Industry Leaders, the TUC, and Liverpool City Region LEP.

The French rail firm opened up its new technology headquarters in the UK in 2017, with a centre for train modernisation and a training academy built in Widnes in the north west.

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