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Reaction to Northern franchise take-back

Northern powerhouse transport discussions

Responding to the announcement that Arriva will hand back control of the Northern Rail franchise to the government, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: “Business communities across the North want an end to the unacceptable levels of disruption and delay they’re currently facing.  Renationalisation of Northern Rail, or indeed any other franchise, only offers a temporary solution. Only substantial investment in our aging

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Written on January 29, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport, York

Airport facilities to be boosted by new terminal

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dramatically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings, and support greater economic prosperity for the Leeds City Region, Yorkshire and the North. These new plans, to be submitted in spring 2020, replace the recently consented scheme and the

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Written on January 15, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, News, Transport, York

Plans for £100m link road to Leeds Bradford Airport scrapped

Plans for £100m link road to Leeds Bradford Airport scrapped with push for train station instead Gerald Jennings, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, expressed disappointment that proposals for a new link road from the A65 to the A658 North West of Leeds will not be taken any further. Mr Jennings said that the new road would have helped

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Written on January 8, 2020Marketing. Published in Infrastructure & Transport, News, Policy, Transport

UK road and rail networks not meeting business needs

Business satisfaction rates fall, underlining need for parties to make good on infrastructure  promises     UK businesses are even less satisfied with UK infrastructure than they were a year ago, according to research published today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Stagecoach.     The survey of 1,200 business leaders finds that only around one third (35%) of UK businesses

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Written on November 26, 2019Marketing. Published in Transport

York Outer Ring Road improvement plan progresses

The next stage in the development of the York Outer Ring Road has been approved. The project aims to cut congestion while maintaining the city’s historic character by upgrading sections of the A1237 to a dual carriageway, diverting traffic away from the city centre. The upgrade will also stimulate economic growth by better connecting people to businesses, jobs and housing,

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Written on October 21, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Infrastructure, News, Transport, York

Transport investment in the North: The Business Case

On the back of today’s (Friday 13 Sep 2019) Convention of the North conference, the presence there of the Prime Minister and the uncertainty surrounding transport investment in the North, the Chamber was asked to contribute an opinion piece for the Yorkshire Post newspaper.  An early version of it, penned by Chamber Chair, Gerald Jennings, is below (published Friday 13

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Written on September 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Chamber tells Boris: “We won’t stand for second best!”

Boris Johnson, on his visit to Yorkshire for the Convention of the North conference in Rotherham, has been warned by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce that the region will not stand for second best and watch the North get short-changed, once again, on transport investment. Chamber Chair, Gerald Jennings says in today’s (Friday 13 Sep 2019) Yorkshire Post: “It’s

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Written on September 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Chamber welcomes PM support for high speed rail in North

Boris Johnson’s recent announcement in support for Northern Powerhouse Rail is welcome says Gerald Jennings, chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. “This Chamber has long campaigned for improvements to rail across the north of England and the Prime Minister’s announcement is statement of intent that he sees the need to rebalance the UK economy. Poor transport connectivity

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Written on July 29, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

Lords’ HS2 Report: Chamber Reaction

Commenting on the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report into High Speed 2, Gerald Jennings, Chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This part of the world is in desperate need of need of major rail investment which will bring about transformational change in our rail network and the Chamber is pleased that the report recognises

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Written on May 17, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Bradford launches NPR Growth Strategy

Bradford Council has unveiled its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy at the international property conference, MIPIM. Focussing on skills and education and unlocking growth at the Southern Gateway to the city, the NPR Growth Strategy covers six key areas. According to the strategy: A better-connected Bradford is an opportunity to create a more productive economic system across the whole

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Written on March 12, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport