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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Labour Party Conference Activity Update

Issues around rail in the North West were the topic of last night’s Greater Manchester Chamber/ Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority Fringe Event at Manchester Town Hall.

Entitled “Sustaining the Economy Through Rail” the panel included Dr Brian Sloan, the Chamber’s Head of Business and Economic Policy, Steve Butcher, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Rail, Tony Lloyd MP and Willie Bain MP Shadow Minister for Transport and was hosted by none other than Andy Crane.

Among the issues identified as key transport priorities for the area included the problems around the Northern Hub, high speed rail links, as well as calls for more rolling stock and the need for more frequent services to cover outlying areas.

Ahead of October’s Comprehensive Spending Review Mr Bain emphasised the need to continue to impress on government the vital role transport infrastructure investment plays in regional economic development.

A round up of all of our activity at the Party Conferences will be in the October edition of the Chamber magazine 53 Degrees www.53degreesonline.co.uk

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