The Prime Minister on Sunday “utterly” rejected the allegation from critics, which embrace leaders throughout the North in addition to predecessors on the prime of the Conservatives.
Theresa Could is the most recent former premier to induce Mr Sunak to not ditch the Birmingham to Manchester leg of the high-speed rail venture that was designed to hyperlink the North and London.
A drastic cost-cutting train might additionally see it finish at Outdated Oak Frequent within the capital’s western suburbs quite than attain its centre.
However the Prime Minister has refused to clarify what his plans are, as a substitute counting on his get-out of not commenting on “hypothesis”.
Andy Road, the Tory mayor of the West Midlands, is among the many critics of scaling again the venture, whereas London mayor Sadiq Khan warned it might make the UK a “laughing inventory”.
However Mr Sunak advised the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme: “I’d utterly reject that.”
Talking in Salford as ministers and Tory members congregate in Manchester’s centre for his or her annual convention, Mr Sunak insisted the enterprise leaders he speaks to world wide are “excited concerning the alternative that investing in Britain provides”.