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Ministers asked to back high speed rail for Bradford

Ministers asked to back high speed rail for Bradford

Bradford’s campaign to get a station on the new high speed rail link was raised in the House of Commons this morning by one of the city’s MPs.

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins asked Transport ministers to back the Next Stop Bradford campaign – which is pressing for a Bradford city centre station on the new Northern Powerhouse Rail network – and the £1.3billion boost for the economy it would bring.

Judith said: “I am sure the minister will be aware that Bradford has launched Next Stop Bradford, a campaign to secure a high speed station in our city centre.

“Would the minister join me in supporting a station in Bradford city centre and the £1.3billion boost for the Northern Powerhouse economy that it would bring?”

NextStopBradfordTransport minister Paul Maynard said he was aware of the campaign from the leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Susan Hinchchliffe. He added:  “It is important to stress that Northern Powerhouse Rail is not just about linking the major cities in the north but also some of those smaller towns and cities where connectivity can be really improved by a significant degree.”

Judith also asked when ministers expected to receive proposals from Transport for the North, which he said was expected by the end of the year.

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