HS2 and 'the North'

A big announcement a few weeks ago with the 2nd phase routes announced of the new HS2 line which will move beyond Birmingham, and carry high speed trains.
There was an earlier announcement of the route as far as Birmingham.

The news were full of the way that this would connect London with 'the North', except their idea of the North seemed to stop at Manchester and Sheffield, which would perhaps be classed as the Midlands by someone living in Durham or Carlisle.
An interesting post by Citizen Joe Smith is worth reading, as it provides some useful thinking. There is also an article in the Guardian which is worth reading.

A nice INTERACTIVE MAP on the BBC news website.