In fact local businesses may be seriously affected by this scheme to their detriment. larger corporations will have an easy through-route and will be able to bypass the local area in terms of investment. Also, local suppliers will be opened up to greater competition from across the country. Reports have shown and argued this for many years.
When we consider the cutting of funding for Metrolink (despite its Serco association it is still a valid scheme to support) and the removal of a rail link that currently serves Liverpool - Chester via Runcorn, are we to understand that the North West is to be given over to the car?