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Pic-Vic link gets the nod; what do you want to see?

Published on March 24th 2011.

Budget 2011 – all the news here

Ok, so what did the Budget do for Manchester?

The rail link between Piccadilly and Victoria got the green light, which means a huge boost to commuters who will see local journey times cut by 30 minutes.

The journey between Manchester and Leeds could have 14 minutes shaved off it. The link could be complete by 2016 and will make use of a curved track running through Ordsall in Salford.

Anything else? Yes, actually, although some of the finer details remain vague. Greater Manchester will be the location for one of 21 new 'enterprise zones' - although we weren't told where and what it will look like. Liverpool and Leeds will get one too.

Daresbury Science and Innovation Centre will share a £100m research pot with similar facilities in Norwich, Cambridge and Harwell. Everybody is going after science and tech though, so we've got a fight on our hands to become it's UK home, graphene or otherwise.

Some other interesting elements included a new £250m 'Firstbuy' shared equity scheme for first-time buyers, an overhaul of the planning system (which will include auctions on land with planning permission on it that developers can't afford to progress - this has 'tricky' written all over it) and the joyous news that there'll be no extra duty on booze.

Petrol gets 1p a litre cheaper from 6pm tonight, so if you see anyone filling up at 5.55pm, feel free to shout at them...

What do you want to see from the budget? Rant below and keep up with Simon Binns’ breaking news and reaction throughout the day.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Eddy OsbourneMarch 23rd 2011.

Has Gideon agreed to pay that £1.6m in tax he has 'avoided'.

Eddy StephensonMarch 23rd 2011.

Am i missing something in this Picc-Vic story? The MEN unsurprisingly are (mis)reporting the headline of £85m for what seems just the building of the Ordsall Curve. Surely its not costing £85m to build a few metres of new track? Can a proper news reporter give us any better detailed explanation of where the £85m is being spent?

Adam RichmondMarch 23rd 2011.

It isn't just the curve, the curve facilitates the link. It is all of the works required to link the 2 stations plus a sum of money to revamp Man Vic and build 2 new platforms at Picc.

PuzzledMarch 23rd 2011.

Two points:

1) How will the Ordsall Curve potentially reduce journey times to Leeds by 14 mins? If a train leaves Picc for Leeds via the curve, it will take it 5-10 mins to reach Victoria before setting off on the present line via Rochdale and Halifax to Leeds.
2) Government rhetoric is to close the output gap between the north and south of Britain, yet 3 of the 4 sites receiving the additional science funding are in the south of England.

Christopher BryanMarch 23rd 2011.

we already have a tram system linking up these stations along with a shuttle bus. Would appreciate more work on improving the JG Ballard-esque Victoria Station facilities or improving the god awful Manchester to Liverpool line - it takes an HOUR, go travel 30 miles.

HeadcountMarch 23rd 2011.

Thank you ManCon for NOT mentioning that £85m investment equates to the creation of seventytwelvetythousand jobs etc. I cannot stand this type of maths you get on other websites (like the BBC) anymore...

J E SibberingMarch 23rd 2011.

CB, the free Metroshuttle bus doesn't link Picc-Vic, you have to change once to make that journey.

Kevin PeelMarch 24th 2011.

Sadly there was no roll back of massive, unfair cuts to local authorities which will see Manchester forced to cut £280 million over the next two years.

The overhaul of planning law needs to be explored in further detail, but it seems that residents will have even less say in the future and this is not acceptable.

Andrew KinseyMarch 24th 2011.

Here Here Kevin!

1p off a litre of petrol, lest we forget they added 3 or 4p in january ... this is a token gesture and not a very good one at that

man vic manMarch 27th 2011.

the present route from leeds via stalybridge into man picc is longer,the train has to wait at ardwick for a path into the throat at piccadilly,the route through victoria is quicker,the trans pennine trains are also quicker from victoria to liverpool[via chat moss]by about 7 minutes compared with the current route through warrington,whether its quicker or not to get from manchester to leeds-surely this is a good thing to enable people to get off at all manchester termini of their choice?trains have to reverse at both picc and vic,if trains run through the city serving all stations can only be a good thing for the city.

Ali McGowanMarch 28th 2011.

Perhaps the cuts to local councils will force them to get rid of all the red tape that slows things down. Less red tape = less people needed to administer it. That = less costs...

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