Responding to the Chancellor's statement Chris Richards, ICE's Director of Policy, comments:
"The Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) is now almost a year late. This uncertainty has caused untold damage to the communities living along the Eastern leg of HS2 whilst also meaning we still lack plans to deliver the connectivity the government promised between cities and regions across the north of England.
"The uplift in city regional funding is good to see but to make a real difference, it needs to be sustained rather than one-off funding as recommended by the National Infrastructure Commission. And we know that there will be a delay in designing how to make this uplift work for the public as cities wait for the outcome of the IRP."