5-speed listening (UK Geography - Level 4)

UK government in geography of England fail






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A UK government transport report was found to contain geographical mistakes. The "Network North" report was made after the government scrapped a project called HS2. This was a high-speed rail link connecting the north of England to the south. The report seems to relocate Manchester. It also promised to upgrade a road on the south coast of England. In addition, it vowed to build a tram to Manchester airport. The airport tram opened in 2014.

Critics are shocked at the end of HS2. It was announced by the ruling party in 2012 to "level up" the north. Abandoning it is a U-turn. A year ago, the government was committed to HS2. Now, the government is leaving the north of England with a century-old railway. The High Speed Rail Group said: "Every other major European country has managed to build a high-speed rail network, recognizing it's a vital part of a modern society and economy."

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