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Transport to be hot topic at chamber debate

The future of local transport will be under discussion at the next meeting of Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce.

Covering everything from local bus and rail services to national and international air links, the meeting is designed to give local businesses a chance to hear the latest news – and put their needs to those with the power to act on their behalf.

Leeds Bradford Airport, Virgin Trains, Northern Trains and the Harrogate Bus Company will all be represented on the programme. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and debate the issues raised.

Chamber chief executive Sandra Doherty said: “Transport is one of the biggest concerns for many businesses in the Harrogate district.

“Whether it’s having the right routes and timetables to enable staff to get to work, or ensuring Harrogate is closely linked to other cities and countries to enable better international trade, it’s something that affects almost every business in some way.”

The meeting has been organised by the chamber’s transport spokesman, Brian Dunsby. The speakers are Tony Hallwood, aviation development director, Leeds Bradford Airport; Alex Hornby, chief executive officer, Transdev Blazefield / Harrogate Bus Company; Paul Barnfield, regional director – East, Northern Rail and Suzanne Donnelly, commercial director, Virgin Trains East Coast.


The open meeting will be held at the Crown Hotel, Crown Place, Harrogate on Monday, November 7. Networking begins at 5.30pm, with the meeting starting at 6.15pm. Attendance is free for members and first-time visitors, but places need to be booked in advance via the website, Any repeat visitors can attend for £15 per person.

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