Responding to the publication of the One North report

05.08.14

Responding to the publication of the One North report on developing an interconnected North of England, Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership said:

“At the heart of this northern economic area, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is poised to maximise the opportunities to better connect our region to the north, south, east and west.

“Connectivity is the lynchpin of our Strategic Economic Plan which resulted in an historic Local Growth Deal settlement from government – the largest of any LEP area in the country. However, our current infrastructure cannot support the above trend growth we are proposing, to compete on a global platform and to attract the best skills and talent from across the world, and therefore we need to invest now to ensure good growth is felt in the region.

“I support the proposals set out in this One North report to ensure the north is connected in all directions. Alongside the investment from the Local Growth Fund and Transport Fund, we are committed to working with partners across the country to ensure our formidable set of economic assets are matched with a high performing transport network and world class digital infrastructure to connect people, places and jobs seamlessly.“

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Chair Cllr Peter Box said:

“As the report sets out, the North of England has a population of 15 million, is larger than London and almost as big as the Netherlands but its economy is not achieving on that scale.

“The proposals contained in this report reflect how economic growth can be maximised across the North by better connecting our cities, towns and districts to enable them to maximise their massive potential.

“This is in line with the Combined Authority’s objective of boosting jobs and growth across West Yorkshire, the Leeds City Region and York, through a strategic, joined- up approach to transport and investment. An approach which has already paid off by securing of the country’s largest sum of funding from the government’s Local Growth Fund and the first steps in establishing a �£1bn Transport Fund that will we are ready to take full advantage of the benefits of HS2.”