NORTHERN political and business leaders have joined together calling for Government investment to make the promise of a “Northern Powerhouse” a reality.

Delegates at the Northern Transport Summit in Leeds were discussing the need for a 21st century transport system to link northern cities.

Today’s event was held after a series of rail links in the North, Wales and Midlands were downgraded last month at the same time the Government was announcing its backing for a new £30 billion Crossrail 2 scheme in London.

This is on top of a £15bn Crossrail scheme currently underway in the capital and due to open in December next year.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council Leader and chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said after the meeting: “Today was a really good example of how northern business and civic leaders are increasingly coming together to make our voice heard about the need for more transport investment in the north.

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