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The Issue

To rebalance the UK economy the Government must deliver investment in a well-organised and integrated transport infrastructure.
We welcome the Chancellor’s ambition to build a Northern Powerhouse, which includes linking Manchester and Leeds with a new rail connection. To have a lasting, positive economic impact it needs to be delivered without delay.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re campaigning for HS2 to lead by example and benefit small businesses by including and recruiting them as part of the procurement process.

  • We want to ensure that infrastructure investment is balanced allowing for all regions of the UK to benefit.

Our Ask

A fully functioning and fit for purpose rail network will help rebalance the economy. The quick delivery of HS3 will help the Northern Powerhouse to benefit from a strong regional economy that can compete with other regions of the UK.

Achievements in...



  • The Chancellor announces plans for HS3 and the Northern Powerhouse in the 2014 Autumn Statement.

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  • We’re pushing ScotRail to radically improve its service to business customers so they can ‘do business’ in a comfortable and connected environment.

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