Critics doubt Boris Johnson can deliver new rail route pledge

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The prime minister announced plans for a high-speed link between Leeds and Manchester

Boris Johnson has come under fire over his plans to fund a new high-speed rail route between Leeds and Manchester, with critics warning they are not confident he will be able to deliver.

The Conservative prime minister is pledging to back the trans-Pennine transport link which would cut journey times on the 36-mile route between the two cities from 50 minutes to less than half an hour.

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