London • Britain's Treasury chief on Monday made the case for better connecting the cities in northern England to create a second economic powerhouse to rival London, unveiling a plan to build new railway lines, pool resources and boost investment.
George Osborne, whose proposal includes a high-speed train link between Manchester and Leeds, said northern cities will be able to better compete with the capital for investment if they combine their resources.
"The powerhouse of London dominates more and more. And that's not healthy for our economy," he said in a speech. "It's not good for the country."
The new plan comes as policymakers attempt to address the growing economic divide separating London from the rest of Britain. The economy of Britain's South East region has expanded almost twice as fast as the rest of the country since the 2008 financial crisis.