After confirming a watered-down rail plan, Boris Johnson has been accused of ‘betrayal’ of the North.

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Boris Johnson has been accused of betraying the North by confirming the watered-down rail plan.

The Prime Minister’s plan has scaled back HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Boris Johnson was accused of “betrayal” of the North yesterday after confirming the region’s rail plans would be scaled back.

The Integrated Rail Plan, which was published on Thursday, included £56 billion in new spending, but it also confirmed that the eastern leg of HS2 will no longer go all the way to Leeds, but will instead stop in the East Midlands near Nottingham.

The Prime Minister’s promises on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), as revealed by i, were also watered down, with the key Manchester to Leeds section being delivered half through upgrades along the existing Transpennine route and half through a new line.

It fell short of northern leaders’ demands for an entirely new high-speed line via Bradford, leaving Mr Johnson facing accusations of breaking promises from Conservative MPs, Labour, and Transport for the North (TfN), the cross-party body tasked by the government with developing the NPR plan.

Greater Manchester Labour Party leader Andy Burnham has slammed the “second-class” plan.

“This is about the north of England’s future for the next 100 or 200 years,” he explained.

“We will not accept being treated as second-class citizens by our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and beyond.”

“As a single north, we must stand together.”

If Bradford loses, Leeds, Liverpool, and us all lose.”

The Prime Minister tried to dismiss the allegations of broken promises as “total nonsense.”

On a rail-related visit to Selby, North Yorkshire, he said, “Of course there are going to be people who always want everything at once.”

“And there will be a lot of people who will say, look, what we should do is carve huge new railways through virgin territory, smashing through unspoiled countryside and villages all at once,” he said.

“The problem is that those extra high-speed lines take decades to build and don’t provide the commuter benefits that I’m referring to.”

We’ll get around to them eventually.”

Mr Johnson had “ripped up” promises he made that HS2 would go all the way to Leeds and that a new line from Manchester to Leeds would be built as part of NPR, which has had its budget cut more.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy

After confirming a watered-down rail plan, Boris Johnson has been accused of “betrayal” of the North.

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