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Keen to tell leading business figures about the 25-year
Transport Vision for the Leeds City Region, Metro had a stand at
the Yorkshire International Business Convention in Harrogate on
Friday 8 June.
Representatives from Metro's Development Department were on the
stand to tell delegates about the £4.5bn Vision, which it has
drawn up with the 11 Leeds City Region partners.
Measures proposed in the Vision, which will deliver
£13.5bn of benefits are tram-trains on the York-Harrogate
rail link, the UK's first high-quality electric-powered rapid bus
network and an extension of the area covered by money-saving
"Tackling congestion is a key element of the Leeds City Region
Development Plan," said Metro Director General, Kieran Preston.
"With transport representing 15% of business costs, we are sure
delegates at the Yorkshire International Business Convention on
Friday will be keen to hear our plans."
Metro shared the Convention stand with
first Wakefield Development Agency.
"These are exciting times for the Wakefield District in terms of
transport, continued Mr Preston. "April saw the launch of the
highly successful FreeCityBus and detailed designs are being drawn
up for the Castleford Transport Interchange which will bring the
town's bus and rail stations together in a comfortable,
"Looking further ahead there are plans to redevelop Wakefield
Westgate and increase the station's operating capacity, and the
possibility of using tram-train technology to open up a new routes
into the fast-growing FiveTowns area.
Mohan de Silva, Chief Executive of first said, "Transport has a
key role to play in the recent success of the Wakefield District,
and is one of the factors that saw Wakefield named "Britain's Best
Small City for Business" (OMIS Research 2006). The redevelopment of
Wakefield Westgate station and Castleford interchange are vital
strands in a half billion pound regeneration of the District which
will transform life for those who live, work and play here".