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Liverpool business leaders call for high speed rail link

50 Liverpool business leaders and the vice chancellors of the city region’s four Universities have called on the leaders of the three main political parties to commit to ensuring the city gets a direct high speed rail link as a matter of urgency.

Currently neither the HS2 project nor the emerging Transport for the North vision for an East / West HS3 make any commitment to deliver a High Speed rail line into Liverpool.

Andrew Morris, chairman of campaign group 20 Miles More, said: “With the massive investment in the new post-Panamax port facility we desperately need additional rail capacity and better connectivity to handle the projected massive growth in freight.”

The group has co-ordinated an open letter to the party leaders signed by companies in the freight, professional service, life science, tourism, retail and creative industries sectors along with Universities and major business organisations including the North West Business Leadership Team, FSB, Professional Liverpool, Liverpool BID Company and Downtown Liverpool in Business.