Call for HS2 action

Business leaders in the North East have called on the Government to bring forward the delivery of a high-speed rail line.

Chambers of Commerce from the North East, East Midlands and Yorkshire, which represent more than 11,000 businesses, have written a joint letter to the Treasury, urging Chancellor George Osborne to progress the eastern leg of HS2 as quickly as possible.

They say it will increase productivity and competitiveness and bolster growth.