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Trans-pennine road link study long overdue

22 March 2019

As the business group representing the UK’s logistics sector, FTA has long called for improvements to road links between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Reacting to the announcement this week that Highways England is to lead a £300,000 study into major improvements to road links between the M65 in East Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire, Malcolm Bingham, Head of Policy for the North of England at FTA commented:

“Poor road connectivity has left many businesses unable to access vital markets and has hampered economic growth locally. FTA is pleased the government is launching this £300,000 study into road link improvements, which forms part of wider £13billion project to improve transport across the North: a desperately-needed investment that will greatly boost the economic prospects of Northern England. 

“The logistics industry is a lifeblood of the UK economy and needs an efficient and effective road network to continue stocking Britain’s factories, retail outlets, schools, hospitals and homes with the raw materials and goods they need to continue operating efficiently. While this study is a great milestone, a nationwide road upgrade is desperately needed to empower businesses to trade without friction.”