Plans are being drawn-up to create a North of England mega-city rival London.

John Prescott, the deputy Prime Minister

wants the 130-mile M62 to become the core of a coast-to-coast “megalopolis” that would stretch from Liverpool to his home city of Hull.

Potentially not a bad idea in my opinion. The South East is utterly full and more urban development in the North might help to alleviate the problems associated with trying to stuff ever greater numbers of people into the Home Counties.