An independent review into transport connections across the UK has been launched by the prime minister.
The review, led by Sir Peter Hendy in close partnership with local authorities, will explore how to boost transport infrastructure across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.
The study will examine the feasibility of faster road and rail links to Scotland, new connections between Great Britain and Ireland, upgrades to Welsh railways, and improving major road links such as the A1.
Mr Johnson said: 'Quality transport links are the key to making sure everyone can access education, jobs and housing, helping businesses to grow and thrive and rebalancing opportunity fairly across our country.
'As we build back better from the pandemic, Sir Peter’s review will help make sure we have the right connections to support, sustain and strengthen our communities – to truly level up across the UK.'
Sir Peter will be expected to publish his final recommendations in Summer 2021.
He said: 'Improving links across the UK on the basis of the wider economic benefits that increased investment will deliver will be of benefit to everyone in the UK, and I’m thus very pleased to lead this work.'