HS3 debate at Chamber’s November meeting

The proposed HS3 rail development for the North of England will form part of the debate at the November meeting of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

The topic of the meeting is Rail and Air: Improved Connectivity for Harrogate and Yorkshire, and the speakers will include Richard Allan from Northern Rail and Graham North, policy support officer (rail) for North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.

The meeting topic was set in late 2013, but the Government’s announcement of the HS3 project will add a new dimension to the debate.

Chamber chief executive Brian Dunsby said: “Rail connectivity is something we have campaigned about for many years, so the news about HS3 has caused great interest among our members.

“At our meeting, we’ll be hearing the latest news on HS2 and HS3, as well as the proposed electrification of the Harrogate rail line which has been a major long-term aim of the Chamber.

“There is no use in making it easier for people to get to Leeds or Manchester if they then face an outdated and infrequent local service to bring them to Harrogate.

“While any investment in rail services is welcome, we need improvements at every level if we are to feel the full benefits.”

The meeting will also feature Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) director Tony Hallwood and Julian Carr of Stobart Air. Both will be discussing the latest developments at the airport and the new routes being launched this year and next.

Mr Dunsby added: “We have first class conference and visitor services in Harrogate and many outstanding businesses.

“They rely on proper connectivity in all forms, so to have such high profile speakers from our major transport services is a great opportunity for our members and guests to get the latest information direct from the source.”

The meeting takes place at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate on Monday, November 10 at 6.15pm. There will be informal networking from 5.30pm and the meeting will conclude by 8pm.

Guests are welcome to attend their first meeting for free (£15 charge for those who have attended before). However, registration is required in advance: anyone planning to attend should email info@harrogatechamber.org by Friday, November 7. For more information, visit www.harrogatechamber.org and click on Meetings.

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