Boris Johnson calls for improved connectivity between the north and Merseyside


Boris Johnson (Image: © Ben Shread / Cabinet Office / Open Government Licence (OGL v.3)) © Google Earth.

The UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for improved connectivity between the north and Merseyside on a visit to a factory in Wrecsam on Monday (26 April).


Joining the Welsh Conservatives ahead of the Senedd election in two weeks' time, Johnson was asked by an ITV reporter whether his presence on the campaign trail would do more harm than good.


Johnson told ITV News, "I think that what people want to hear about is our plans to unite and level up across the whole of the country.


"And what they're interested in is whether we have a vision... We're here in North Wales... Whether we have a vision for the North Wales economic corridor... which we do."


Johnson then mentioned improving the transportation infrastructure between the north of the country and neighbouring areas of England, including Merseyside and Liverpool to "champion" local businesses.


"If you can improve the connectivity between North Wales and Merseyside and Liverpool... If you can improve the A55, the railway links... You can do things to champion the great businesses that I've just been talking about: Airbus, Wockhardt, the one we're standing in [Net World Sports]... You can drive high-quality jobs for the long term."


The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, has previously called for improved connectivity between the north and northwestern England in the form of "Union Highways", including the A55, which he claims "boost important cross-border growth."

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