Dossier tells how high-speed rail link could ‘revolutionise’ Sunderland and Newcastle’s economy

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A DOSSIER detailing the case for high-speed rail to come to the North East has been given to Government transport officials.

Ministers have been told the £33billion project offers the opportunity to “revolutionise” the region’s economy, in a group response by the Association of North East Councils.

The Government is consulting on proposals which will see a new line built from London to Birmingham before heading north, in two directions, to Leeds and Manchester.

Paul Watson, chairman of the Association of North East Councils and leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “A high-speed link between the North East and other parts of the UK, including London and Scotland, would be a major factor in boosting our economy here and in closing the North/South divide.”