Backing Northern Powerhouse Rail

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Business leaders from across the North have signed an open letter, encouraging the Government to support Northern Powerhouse Rail. The letter - and a complete list of signatories - is below.

This letter is hosted by Mace as a founding member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. 

"Connecting our great cities of the North with a world-class, higher capacity rail network is not only fundamental to the success of the Northern Powerhouse, it is fundamental to the success of the entire country. 

"We’re calling on the government to back this success, and back Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

"In the Industrial Strategy Green Paper earlier this year the government officially acknowledged the historic underinvestment in northern infrastructure and promised to tackle it.

"Implementing Northern Powerhouse Rail would be transformational for businesses in the North, driving productivity and attracting 850,000 new jobs to the region by 2050. It would create a transformational legacy of investment for the North of England the likes of which has not been seen before.

"We are calling on the government to show its continued commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail in the Autumn Budget, alongside a step change investment in the wider road and rail corridors which link the key economic assets of the North. This crucial, pan-Northern infrastructure of Northern Powerhouse Rail, our Crossrail for the North, would significantly cut journey times, for example providing a no more than 30-minute commute between Leeds and Manchester and less than 60 minutes between Leeds and Newcastle, and have a dramatic impact on the UK economy. 

"The government itself has acknowledged and shown the potential improvement in national productivity from this, as well as other policy initiatives. This transformational investment in connectivity, from Liverpool across to Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle, is the long-term solution the North needs. 

"The current poor connectivity in the North is a major obstacle to encouraging companies from growing in the region and is a barrier to inward investment. According to Transport for the North (TfN), less than 10,000 people in the North can access four or more of the North’s largest economic centres within an hour. This would rise to 1.3 million once is delivered. It would also create fast, frequent connections between the North’s core cities and Manchester Airport. 

"We urge the government to re-state its commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail as a matter of priority. Without it the vision for a genuine Northern Powerhouse to rebalance our country’s economy and make UK plc prosper for decades to come cannot be delivered.

"We are passionate believers that this is not just a Northern issue, it is a UK issue. It should not be seen as Crossrail 2 in London versus Northern Powerhouse Rail; both schemes are vital for Britain’s future." 

Yours sincerely,

Steve Gillingham
Director for the North, Mace
Jonathan Moore
Partner, Arcadis
Dave Newton
Director, ARUP
Chris Oglesby
Chief Executive, Bruntwood
Collette Roche
Acting Chief Executive, Manchester Airport
John Joyce
Managing Partner, Addleshaw Goddard
Andy Koss
Chief Executive, Drax Power Ltd
Ben Andrews
Managing Director Large Corporates North and Scotland, HSBC
Sandy Needham
CEO, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Dr Hakim Yadi OBE
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd
Dr Adam Beaumont
CEO, aql
Clive Memmott
Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Richard Gregory
Senior Adviser and Honorary Chair, Yorkshire Bank
Nick Ramshaw
Managing Director, Thompson Brand Partners
Simon Smithson 
Director, Think Architecture

Marcus Mills
Chief Financial Officer, The Big Word
Martin Harrison
Director, Leeds Civic Trust
Nik Pratap
Partner, Brewster Pratap
Tim Waring
Director, Quod North
Bridget Davies
Managing Director, Minster FM
Andrew Cooper
Chief Executive, Leeds Business Improvement District 
Nick Snelson
Managing Director, APS Group
Vicki Codd
Marketing Director, NES Global Talent
Andrew Long
Chief Executive, Extra MSA
Paula Dillon
Partner, Bond Dickinson
Graham Cooper
Director, Agfa Graphics
Colin Glass
Partner, WGN
David Maddison
General Manager, Trinity Leeds
Dr Edward M Ziff OBE
Chairman & CEO, Town Centre Securities PLC
Nick Garthwaite
Managing Director, Christeyns MD and Bradford Chamber of Commerce President
Andrew McFarlane & Greg Styles
Co-Heads, Northern Powerhouse, Colliers International

Henry Brooks
TEM Property Group

Ben E Aspinall
Managing Director, AspinallVerdi
Sue Stones
General Manager, Harvey Nichols
Andrew Latchmore
Marlen Roberts 
Managing Director, Newsco Insider Ltd 
Jeff Pearey
Lead Director - Yorkshire and North East, JLL
Suzanne Burnett 
Castle Employment Agency
Mark Fordyce 
York Data Services
Matthew Grant
Garbutt + Elliott
Mark Ronan
Pocklington School
Eamonn Keogh
O’Neill Associates
Andrew Lindsay
Lupton Fawcett
Alison Birkinshaw
York College
Andrew Digwood
Robert Sword
Dawnay Estates 
Daniel Murray
Founder, Leeds List
Colin Booth OBE
Chief Executive & Principal, Leeds City College
Philip Dyer
Director – Northern Powerhouse, Atkins
Conor Leyden
Managing Director, The LK Group
Mark Bennett
Director, MBED Architects
Brian Cronin 
CEO, Your Housing Group
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