A new Northern Powerhouse ‘growth board’ has to be about much more than railways and roads

Boris Johnson won the election thanks to the north, now he has to fulfil his promise – and that doesn’t mean just roads and train lines, writes Chris Blackhurst

Friday 29 May 2020 12:46
comments
Transport improvement programmes are easily understood, by politicians and the media. They make for snappy, positive soundbites and readily grasped headlines
Transport improvement programmes are easily understood, by politicians and the media. They make for snappy, positive soundbites and readily grasped headlines
T

here was no doubt after the general election who had delivered Boris Johnson his triumph. The people of the midlands and the north said they’d had enough, that they wanted change. They’d seen successive central administrations come up with nothing.

They signalled that they believed Johnson was listening to them and were impressed when he pledged he would take on board their grievances, so that finally, a government at Westminster would improve their lot.

A bargain was struck. They gave him their votes, now he has to deliver on his promise.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments