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Improvements to York's transport network.

Improvements to York's transport network.

5:56am 28th October 2010

Council leader puts transport investment case to Govenment Minister.


The case for investment in major transport in the region will be taken to the Government tomorrow as Liberal Democrat Leader of City of York Council, Councillor Andrew Waller, will meet Transport Minister Norman Baker.


Councillor Waller said he would be highlighting his two main transport priorities for York, the proposed new Park and Ride sites and the electrification of the York to Leeds railway line, as well as representing the views of other Council’s in the region in discussions with the Minister.


Councillor Waller said, “The Coalition Government has said that it sees improved transport links as being key to both economic growth and improving people’s quality of life.”


“I am pleased that the Government understands the positive impact that transport investment can make and I will be putting the case to Norman Baker for what I believe are the two key investments that can make a big difference for York.”


“The proposed new Park and Ride sites will improve access into the city for people coming from York’s villages and the wider region. They will also help to reduce city centre congestion by giving people a more convenient alternative way to get into the city.”


“I will also be pushing for investment in the electrification of the York to Leeds railway line. Not only will this improve journey times between Leeds and York, which will be a big boost for tourism and business, but it will also mean York will have a fast link to the proposed new High Speed Rail network.”


Councillor Waller said that despite cuts in public spending the Government had pledged to invest in transport infrastructure as a way of stimulating economic growth.


He said, “The Government recognises the big boost that improved transport links can give to our businesses and as we look towards stimulating growth in the economy it is important that we lobby hard to ensure York and the wider region receives it’s fair share of investment.”

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