Leader backs call for voice for the North

Cllr Swift

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, has backed a statement issued yesterday by Northern city leaders calling for substantial new investment by the government in the transport infrastructure linking the cities of the North.

The statement was issued at the conclusion of the Transport Summit held yesterday in Leeds and was signed by Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, and Council Leaders from Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

The Leaders have also agreed to establish a new representative body to create a single voice to represent the North of England on areas of common interest.

Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said:

For far too long the North has lagged behind other regions when it comes to investment in our infrastructure.  We’re calling on the government to honour its previous commitment to deliver major improvements to rail services across the North which are vital to our future prosperity.

Better connectivity between our major Northern cities will drive economic growth, encourage inward investment and create new jobs, helping to strengthen the UK’s economy as we navigate our way through Brexit and beyond.

The full statement issued at the Transport Summit yesterday can be found here(external link).

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