New rail link to boost businesses

A new rail link between Manchester Piccadilly and London Victoria could support commuter travel and help businesses boost commerce and venue hire, reports Manchester Evening News.

The Department of Transport’s £85m rail scheme could offer 11 additional journeys an hour back and forth to the capital once the initial phase of the rail network has been completed.

Firms could take advantage of the increasing rail journeys by holding their business meetings at a conference venue in London. The capital is a stylish, business-centric city to meet potential clients and thrash out deals in a professional arena.

Greater Manchester has seen an increase in rail use of 82 per cent over the past 10 years highlighting how often commuters and businesses use rail transport for travel. Growth in the region’s railways is forecast to increase by 54 per cent by 2020.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is pleased with the funding for better connections to the capital, saying: “Building a whole new line would create scope for people who live on the current lines to have more frequent services that are less crowded.”

The economic implications for Manchester pleased Stephen Clark, the rail programme director at Grater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive.

“There’s very strong evidence for the impact the hub will have on the economy of Greater Manchester and the North. It’s based on connecting the big cities and getting people to work in the morning,”