Will a plan to connect Liverpool to London via high-speed rail be approved before 2035?
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'Approved' here means that a bill was passed in the UK Parliament, similar to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017

NPR was planned, but cancelled before approval.

The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) was a proposed high-speed rail project that aimed to improve connectivity and create economic growth in the north of England. However, in 2021, the UK government announced the cancellation of the NPR project, citing concerns over its estimated cost of up to £100bn.

The connection could (and likely would) run through Manchester.

'High-speed' is here arbitrarily defined as trains travelling over 250km/h (to capture the difference between current fast rail in the UK and planned/operational high-speed rail, ie HS1 and HS2 phase 1. Notice that by this definition domestic services on HS1 are not high-speed)

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