London’s Economic Strength Masks Growth Problems Elsewhere in U.K.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England—In this city, once dominated by the huge kilns of world-famous potters, officials are going all out to win a new high-speed railway hub to help revive the floundering economy.BritishFLAG

Despite spending almost £1 million ($1.5 million), their efforts are likely to be in vain. Government advisers have recommended a nearby town that’s already a railway junction get the new hub instead—leaving Stoke emblematic of the struggle by many parts of the U.K. to attract much-needed jobs and investment despite a rebound in growth.

February figures confirmed Britain’s economy expanded 2.6% in 2014, one the fastest growth rates among large Western economies. But much of the recovery has been concentrated in and around London, which pulled out of recession faster than the rest of the country…more

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