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Top transport officials meet with Chamber representatives

Chamber representatives have met with senior Department for Transport officials, including the Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly CB. The department’s Executive Committee (a team of top civil servants all based in Whitehall) were in West Yorkshire as part of a fact-finding mission to assist in their knowledge of relevant issues and support for ministers.  The meeting, chaired and hosted by Addleshaw

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Research backs NPR city station

Emerging research shows that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford city centre could boost the economy by up to £15bn by 2060, creating up to 15,000 jobs across the city region.  Two computer-generated images have been released (included here) that show how Bradford Interchange and the surrounding area could be transformed by investing in a city centre station

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Written on March 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Leeds Dinner: President sets out hopes and fears

Leeds Chamber’s first female president spoke about her plans, hopes and fears to a business audience last night (Thursday 25 January). Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, covered a range of policy areas in which she will be hoping to have some influence over the next couple of years, while also remarking that, tongue-in-cheek, if nothing

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Written on January 26, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

Transport plan includes delivering on NPR

Plans for future transport investment in West & North Yorkshire have been outlined in a 30-year year plan to drive economic growth. Transport for the North launched the plan via a public consultation announcement aimed at improving connections across the North of England and closing the economic gap with the South. If successful, the plan could deliver a £100 billion

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Written on January 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Forster Square plans get public thumbs-up

A public consultation on the future of Forster Square station has resulted in an 85% approval rate for the new look. The current building will be replaced, as will the lift and staircase as part of a £17 million redevelopment scheme. The short public consultation in December resulted in 340 online and 400 paper responses. A process to procure services

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Written on January 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Infrastructure, Leeds, News, Transport

Local Plan Allocation Process to be discussed

The next meeting of Bradford Development & Transport Forum will take place at 2pm on Thursday 1 February. The Forum is described by the Council as “the premier portal for planning agents, developers and transportation professionals to: learn about changes to services we offer plus new services understand how Bradford is responding to changing legislation developing its land use and transport

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Written on January 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Infrastructure, Legal, Lobbying, News, Transport

Tender out on NPR study

Companies are being invited to bid to carry out a study on the additional demand that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford would generate. West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is inviting potential suppliers to bid for the £40-50,000 contract.  Bids need to be submitted by 15 December. Earlier this year, the Chamber joined the ‘Next Stop Bradford’ campaign

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Chamber welcomes TfN powers and legal footing

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has responded to a government announcement that Transport for the North is set to get legal powers and responsibilities. The move will make TfN the only pan-regional body and helps underpin the Northern Powerhouse project.  Aswell as being granted £260m of government funding, the new sub-regional transport body is to be allocated £18m

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Written on November 16, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Pledge your support for new station

Powerhouse station supporters

Next Stop Bradford has launched a new website that aims to increase support from businesses and residents to help secure a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford city centre. Next Stop Bradford’s aim is to ensure that Bradford, the fifth largest city in the UK with one of the fastest growing economies, secures a new high-speed railway station in the

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Written on October 9, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport