West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce was recently represented at an influential House of Commons policy meeting. Bradford President Andy Caton attended a Yorkshire & Humber All-Party Parliamentary Group session on infrastructure and investment.
The meeting was attended by the incoming chair of the increasingly influential quango, Transport for the North. John Cridland said the group’s short-term focus would be on road and rail schemes to increase economic growth, but that trans-Pennine connectivity was a key issue. Andy backed the statement, adding that delays to investment and project delivery would damage West & North Yorkshire’s long-term prosperity.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman chaired the meeting. He stressed that all cities across the North deserve connectivity with HS2, not simply Leeds and Sheffield. It was stressed during the meeting that a comprehensive trans-Pennine road strategy was needed, aswell as one for rail.