Council leaders from Leeds and Bradford will make passionate plea for extra transport investment

Coun Susan Hinchliffe
Coun Susan Hinchliffe
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THE leaders of two Yorkshire councils will make impassioned pleas for transport improvements across the region at a major public debate.

Coun Susan Hinchliffe, the leader of Bradford Council, is the latest senior political figure to sign up for a debate about the future of Yorkshire’s transport system.

Panellists at the event will include David Brown, the chief executive of Transport for the North, the organisation which has been formed to improve the transport system across the North of England, by providing the infrastructure to drive economic growth.

Coun Hinchliffe said she was pleased that Transport for the North was providing a voice for the North of England.

She added: “Bradford has been overlooked for centuries in terms of infrastructure investment.”

Coun Hinchliffe said Bradford had 102,000 pupils studying in its schools, who will form part of the skilled workforce of the future. But she remains concerned about the lack of investment in the transport system.

She added: “We’re the youngest city in the country, but we’re not well connected.”

The event - Transport for the North, The Investment and Development of Leeds City Region - will be held on March 10 from 11.30am to 3pm at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.

The other panellists are Martin Capstick, the director of regional transport strategies at the Department for Transport, Coun Judith Blake, the leader of Leeds City Council and Gerald Jennings, the president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

The event, which has been organised by the Met Club, will be chaired by Greg Wright, the deputy business editor of The Yorkshire Post.

For further information, call Julie Edmondson on 01423 525622 or email julie@themetclub.co.uk.

The event’s main sponsor is Extra MSA Group, the investment owners and operators of motorway service areas, and the associate sponsor is Turner and Townsend.

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