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Campaigners respond to Northern Futures summit announcement

6 November
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to comments being made by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, at the Northern Future summit in Leeds today.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

"The Deputy Prime Minister has added his voice to the welcome consensus that the north's rail infrastructure is overdue significant investment. The Government needs to use both the Autumn Statement and the re-franchising of the north's rail network to show it means business. That means upgrading services not just between Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester, but right across the north. We'll also be looking for an expanded programme of electrification and a firm timetable for getting rid of all the ageing Pacer trains.

"By contrast, proposing more lanes of traffic through the Woodhead Pass would be a backward step, giving rise the concerns about major road building in the National Park."