Thomas Bishop joined think tank ResPublica at the Houses of Parliament on Feb 23rd for the launch of Ticket to Ride: How high speed rail for Liverpool can realise the Northern Powerhouse. The report radically argues for an innovative local funding mechanism to finance a high speed rail connection from Liverpool city centre into the HS2 route and Tom contributed to the report’s analysis of wider regional trends.
For the paper ResPublica partnered Mayor of Liverpool, Merseytravel and other key government and business stakeholders across the region to enhance the strategic case for the much needed expansion of the proposed high speed line to connect Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, dubbed ‘HS3’, with potential extensions to Hull and Newcastle.
Tom says: “It was a fantastic experience to have contributed to the Ticket to Ride report. The paper makes a compelling case for greater connections between the core cities, to unlock potential and to realise the Northern Powerhouse. Highlighting the benefits that HS2 is delivering for Birmingham and the midlands, as well as GHA’s masterplanning work, provided material that strengthened the report’s proposals and was much appreciated by the think tank.”
The report is available from the ResPublica website here