Boris Johnson’s over-promised land tarnishes his plans for northern rail.

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Boris Johnson’s over-promised land dings his northern rail plans.

Before the next election, the Prime Minister is in a race against time to deliver tangible ‘leveling up.’

“Those who don’t want high-speed rail are getting it, and those who do want it aren’t getting it,” one Tory MP privately stated earlier this week, amid Tory divisions over sleaze and second jobs.

Some Conservative MPs in the House of Commons were outraged today by the new “Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands.”

Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley, said his constituents had been “completely short-changed” by the decision not to build a new Bradford station on a brand new Manchester-Leeds line.

And if you’re a Leeds resident, you’ll suffer the double humiliation of losing not only that super-fast link to your big neighbor across the Pennines, but also the HS2 link to the south that governments have promised for more than a decade.

Boris Johnson used to say that brand new east-west and north-south rail links were “not an either-or” situation, but Leeds now has neither.

However, it was clear that some Conservative MPs were overjoyed by the news.

In fact, the Prime Minister’s foreword to the plan hid the real clue to the abrupt change in direction – both politically and geographically.

“In my discussions on HS2 last year, I was struck by what one of my parliamentary colleagues, Lee Anderson MP, told me: that his constituents in Ashfield would have to watch high-speed trains pass by at 200mph without stopping when what they really wanted was a decent bus service to the next town,” he wrote.

The cancellation of the HS2 extension from the East Midlands to Leeds will keep diggers and tunnellers out of Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

Other key “Red Wall” Tory marginals wrested from Labour in the 2019 election – Bolsover, Rother Valley, Penistone and Stocksbridge, and North East Derbyshire – will no longer get the “building work without the benefits” that Conservatives in the shires have long complained about.

Commuters are used to excuses about leaves and trees on the line, but “Tories on the line” is a novel justification for completely abandoning a new route.

News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson’s over-promised land dings his northern rail plans.

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