Over 100 business leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse have registered to attend a special transport summit that is being organised by Downtown in Business.
The event takes place in Leeds on the morning of Wednesday 23rd August, and discussion will focus on the issue of the Cross Rail North upgrade and investment, which was controversially cancelled by the government last month.
The Chambers of Commerce, Northern BIDs, the Forum of Small Business, the IoD, Business North, and the Northwest Business Leadership team are among the business organisations that will join Downtown in Business at the summit.
Transport for the North and IPPR North will also contribute to the debate, and political leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse will be in attendance.
Downtown Chief Executive Frank McKenna said: ‘The support for the summit has been huge. Clearly this is an issue that matters to northern businesses. The private sector wants to have its voice heard in this important debate.
‘The negative impact this decision will have on the north’s economy is significant. It will hit productivity, growth and hinder our ability to retain our best talent.
‘Already the IPPR North petition, calling on the government to revisit its decision, has received almost 50,000 signatures. We anticipate that a number of actions will be decided at this summit that will enable the private sector to add its weight to the campaign to restore this much- needed investment.
Mr McKenna added:
‘I am delighted that many of our political leaders will be with us too, including Judith Blake (Leeds City Council), Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region mayor) and Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester mayor).’
Speakers from Newcastle, Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Liverpool will address the summit.
For further details about the event please visit Downtown in Business