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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Transport Announcement

Commenting on the announcement this morning by Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond of further investment in the UK’s rail infrastructure, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Deputy Chief Executive, Chris Fletcher said: "This is great news and could provide a real boost for the local business community but we will have to wait to find out exactly how much of this extra investment will be coming to Greater Manchester.

"The Chamber on behalf of its members, has been campaigning at a national level for extra capacity for a number of years. Rail travel in Greater Manchester is reaching the point where overcrowding is seriously hampering the economy and without extra capacity it would only get worse.”

He added:” Whilst this is a step in the right direction it is just one part of what is needed to make the rail system truly fit for purpose for the local economy. The second element that we have been campaigning for is the long overdue works needed to unclog the bottleneck at Piccadilly station – the Northern Hub – which affects rail traffic right across the north of England. It is no use having extra carriages if the rail network grinds to a halt through congestion. The decision to proceed with this is still some way off and we will carry on campaigning for this until it gets the green light.”

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