By Daniel Hunter

A blueprint for how £13 billion of government investment in transport will help create the Northern Powerhouse was reveiled yesterday (11 August 2015) as ministers visit major infrastructure projects that are transforming the region.

The Northern Powerhouse is a one-nation drive to close the economic gap between north and south by helping the region unleash its full power and create a balanced, healthier economy.

Making transport better by improving the links that bind the north together is integral to this enterprise. It will bring cities and regions closer together and strengthen connections - Liverpool to Hull, the north west to Yorkshire, the north east and the Midlands — making it easier for hard working people and businesses to access markets or deploy their skills. The blueprint shows how transport links across the north are being transformed by government investment.

The government also announced an independent review by leading entrepreneur and businesswoman Michelle Mone OBE, to encourage further business start-ups and entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, including in the north.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

"This one nation government is determined to close the economic gap between north and south. Investing in transport — something that successive governments have failed to do sufficiently — is vital to making that happen.

We had a choice - building the infrastructure our country needs, or letting our transport system become a brake on growth and opportunity. We have chosen to invest for the future."