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He said: “People look at the report prepared by Arup and ignore it at their peril.
The economic risks of not doing something about it mean you just can’t ignore what the Arup report says.
The evidence makes “a compelling case for an NPR stop at Bradford due to the potential range of benefits it can bring”, it says.
The report, commissioned by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has already been sent to the Government as well as transport body Transport for the North, which will soon recommend to ministers whether to include Bradford on the line.
It says while more people travel between Bradford and Leeds than between any other two cities in the UK, comparatively few people choose to make the journey by train, leaving roads heavily congested.
The Government has yet to decide whether to include Bradford on its planned east-west Northern Powerhouse Rail line from Manchester to Leeds, but the report by Arup provides a dossier of evidence about why it should do so.Cllr Ross-Shaw said: "The reports by Arup and Systra/JMP make clear that a Northern Powerhouse Rail station in the centre of Bradford would deliver a huge economic boost for the whole of the North of England, not just Bradford."These reports have been vital in helping us make our case to the Government as well as to Transport for the North and galvanising support for the Next Stop Bradford campaign." A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said its transport chairman, Councillor Keith Wakefield, saw a "Northern Powerhouse Rail with stops in Bradford, Leeds and York as not just a regional priority but a national one" and had urged Mr Grayling to give it his unequivocal support.Transport for the North has been given a £60m Government grant to look into various options for creating a 30-minute rail link between Leeds and Manchester.It is expected to finalise its recommendations within months.