Prime Minister David Cameron hailed better transport links as the way to fuel the economy of Leeds during a visit to the city
And he rejected suggestions that the plan to build a high speed rail line connecting Leeds to London, known as HS2, would limit spending on other transport projects in Yorkshire.
He said: “If you look around the world you will see that growth comes from vibrant, successful cities - and that’s where linking up our vibrant and most successful cities will actually add to all of their prospects.
“I think people think that all the Government’s money is going to go on HS2, and there’s going to be no money for anything else.
“But people find it refreshing that if you look at the next Parliament, 2015 to 2020, the Government are going to spend three times more on other transport infrastructure, road and rail, than on HS2.
“All those things like the Northern Hub, the electrification of the Transpennine (railway), the Leeds Trolleybus scheme - all those are separately funded and well funded, as well as stage one of HS2.”
Mr Cameron was speaking during a visit to the Whitehall Road offices of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post.
He toured the newsroom, talking to journalists and compared the scene to the bridge of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise.
Earlier in the day he took part in a question and answer event with staff at Portakabin in York and afterwards met business leaders from the region.
The Prime Minister’s visit to Leeds coincided with Business Secretary Vince Cable touring the region.
He was shown the site of a £92m factory set to be built by sweet giant Haribo on land close to the M62 at Castleford with the help of Government cash.
Dr Cable said: “Haribo’s investment in Yorkshire, supported by £6.4 million from the Regional Growth Fund, is a boost for the region creating 286 jobs and increasing manufacturing activity.”
Haribo already employs 540 people at its Pontefract factory and the new plant is due to start production in 2015 making 48,000 tonnes of sweets a year.
Haribo UK managing director Herwig Vennekens said: “After two years of planning it’s great to finally get to the stage where we are setting the foundations that support our plans for growth within the UK.
“Our existing factory is near capacity and so this new site will allow for progressive expansion, enabling us to continue to extend our offering and to develop new and innovative products.”