Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “It’s good to see the new Prime Minister in the North. I welcome his commitment to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail, more powers for Metro Mayors offering real devolution for our communities, providing better bus services and committing greater funds for the Stronger Towns Fund.

“What the North really needs is a sustained programme of investment to level regional inequalities and unlock our huge potential. Good transport infrastructure is key, so today’s commitment to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail is a welcome first step.

“But we need investment to deliver the whole of the Northern Powerhouse route and Sheffield City Region’s Integrated Rail Plan. This plan details a vision for the future of our rail services which will transform rail travel for our communities.

“We now need to see action, not just words. I will doing what I can and will be working closely with fellow leaders in the North and with the Prime Minister and his Cabinet team to ensure we deliver for the North.”