Sheffield Chamber of Commerce comment on the £300m investment in transport in the north

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, responds to the Chancellor’s announcement about the increase in funding for road and rail improvements in the North:

“The announcement from Chancellor Philip Hammond about the additional funding is obviously good news but there isn’t much detail at this stage. The funding could potentially mean that the improvements to Hope Valley, as well as the electrification and improvement to the loop into Sheffield from the HS2 line, get the go ahead. This would be great for the region because it means we will have access to a 30-minute train service to both Manchester and Leeds.

“We will, however, be awaiting further details with interest to get more information about what it means for the Sheffield City Region.”