The government has said it is committed to building a new railway line between Leeds and Manchester.Copyright: BBC
It follows speculation the Northern Powerhouse Rail scheme could be scrapped, but the Prime Minister's spokesman said the government was "absolutely" going ahead with plans.
"We're getting on top of our priorities of levelling up and investing in northern transport,"
"The Integrated Rail Plan will soon outline exactly how major rail projects including HS2 phase 2b and Northern Powerhouse Rail will work together to deliver reliable train services that passengers need and deserve," added the spokesman.
No further details have yet been announced.
By Catherine Murray
BBC Radio Manchester