Bradford Launches Rail Growth Strategy

Growth Strategy sets out the opportunity of bringing Northern Powerhouse Rail to Bradford City Centre.

Bradford Council has released its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy which shows the plan to transform the economy through a new high-speed rail connection in the city centre.

It’s mainly focusing on the skills and employment opportunities that it can bring to Britain’s youngest city.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw has told Pulse 1 and Pulse 2 "It's not just about saying 'it's good for Bradford and nowhere else', obviously Leeds has a huge benefit, Manchester has a huge benefit, because they tap into our jobs market as well, and our population, so we're a very young, diverse city, the youngest city in the U.K. we like to call ourselves, because we've got about a quarter of the population under 16, so that's the workforce of the future actually."

You can hear more of the interview here:

The strategy covers six key areas;

- More productive economic system
- Catalyst for new residential and commercial development
- Connecting people to opportunities, improving skills and building Bradford’s thriving business base
- NPR will be most effective if it is integrated with HS2 and improved local transport routes
- Potential to increase Bradford’s attractiveness as a place to visit, live, study and invest
- Ensuring the city has the best environment for growth

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe says “This strategy is the next phase in our efforts to ensure Bradford is connected to a high-speed rail and it defines the economic opportunity for investors, developers and businesses as well as the opportunities it will bring to people working and living in the District.”

Real estate market, MIPIM claims it could see the North’s economy benefit by up to £15 billion, in additional GVA by 2060.  It also said that investing in Bradford Interchange could generate up to 15,000 new jobs.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership added “With nearly 25% of Bradford’s population under the age of 16 and a £10 billion annual economy, the opportunities that high-speed rail in Bradford will bring go way beyond facts and figures.”

“It will act as the catalyst for inclusive growth that means better jobs, more opportunity and an even better quality of life for the next generation.”

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