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We have two exciting transport events coming up in the next few months.

Transport within Leeds City Region

First, on 10 March, we will be holding our next official Transport for the North event. Following on from the success of our prior events, this event will focus on the investment and development of the Leeds City Region.

The panel discussions will focus on all aspects of transport within Leeds.

The event is taking place just before MIPIM, where the council will be showcasing Leeds City Region as an ideal location for new developments and investment opportunities. At this lunch the panel will certainly touch on what they plan to promote there.

Following the scrapping of the trolleybus scheme last May, the conversation is still very much open on how to deal with the ever increasing need for high quality public transport within the Leeds City Region. Despite more than £70m having been spent on the trolleybus scheme, and its predecessor Supertram, before both were cancelled, Leeds City Council is still looking for a mass transit solution that will adequately serve the demands of the growing city.

In the meantime, the £173m of funds originally earmarked by the government for this mass transit project will be going on improvements to the existing rail and bus infrastructure.

We’ll also be discussing the regional issues with highways and rail, and the range of solutions that the council is developing to address them.

Our panel is packed full of experience, and comprises David Brown, CEO of Transport for the North; Martin Capstick, Director of Regional Transport Strategies for the Department for Transport; Councillor Judith Blake, the Leader of Leeds Council and Executive Member for Economy and Culture; and Gerald Jennings, the President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

We are also excited to have Greg Wright, the Deputy Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, as our chair for the lunch. Our headline sponsor is Extra: Motorway Service Area Group, and we still have two associate sponsorship spaces left.

The lunch will take place on 10 March, 11:30-14:30 at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. Book your spot here.

Rail across Yorkshire

Coming up in April, we have a lunch focused on the exciting future for rail in Yorkshire.

Reaction to the HS2 and HS3 projects continues to be mixed. Some are excited for the new opportunities and growth that the rail links will bring to the cities on the route. Others worry that moving the mainline between the North and London will cause cities not included on the route to lose economic opportunities. These plans, that remain controversial, are likely to be a major discussion point.

This event takes place a month after the publishing of the Spring Budget, and the conversation is sure to touch on what Hammond’s first Budget means for the future of transport in the north of England.

Other topics are likely to include the £6m upgrade to North Yorkshire’s East Coast Main Line, as well as local rail plans and decisions.

Our fantastic panel consists of Richard McClean, Managing Director for Grand Central; Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Arriva Rail North; and Graham Bootham, Principal Strategic Planner for Network Rail. Chairing the discussion will be Stuart Andrew, MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport.

We still have sponsorship spots available for this event, so contact us if you’re interested in raising your profile in this way.

This lunch will be on 28 April, 12:00-14:30 and also at the Queens Hotel in Leeds City Centre. Book your spot here.

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