‘North gets nothing!’ Wakefield locals warn Red Wall rebellion coming over crucial U-turn

Wakefield locals warn rebellion coming as Boris U-turns on trains

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A furious Wakefield resident expressed her frustration over the Government’s failure to deliver on electoral pledges to improve the railway network across the North of England. Boris Johnson U-turned on the proposed eastern leg of HS2 has been cut back, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirming on Thursday the construction of the branch will not go ahead.

A shop owner spoke to BBC Newsnight about the changes, saying: “I think they should be connecting towns years ago especially in these coal mining areas, train station in most places.

“And people find it difficult to get 10 miles away rather than 200 miles away.”

Another Wakefield resident said: “Why should the South get everything and the North get nothing?

“Because that’s what it is.

“They can get everything. 

The reporter chipped in: “And Boris Johnson won the hearts of the red wall of Wakefield..”

The passer-by continued: “By saying we would get high-speed trains and lots of things they promised.  

Better buses.

“They promised everything. We’ve got nothing.”

The proposed eastern leg of HS2, between Birmingham and Leeds, has been cut back.

When Boris Johnson entered Downing Street in 2019, he said: “I want to be the prime minister who does with Northern Powerhouse Rail what we did for Crossrail in London”. 

Many people feel that the PM has gone back on his word.

 

Trains will then continue to Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield on the existing mainline. 

The Government’s explanation for these revised plans is that they will still cut journey times rather than sticking to previous commitments to construct vast new infrastructure.
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