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Rail minister speaking at northern transport conference

Today sees Transport for the North’s Annual Conference, with Minister of State for Rail Huw Merriman playing his part as a keynote speaker.

High-profile speakers and panellists from across the North of England will participate in the conference, with the theme exploring how leaders can ‘Transform the North’. Some of the other, high-profile panellists include Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor) and Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester), as well as Cllr Anne Handley (Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council) who was a guest on the latest episode of the Public Sector Executive Podcast, where she spoke about transport improvements.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Merriman said:

“This Government remains committed to transforming public transport, working with local leaders to make decisions based on the priorities of local people. Through our Network North plan, we will improve journeys and infrastructure to boost economic growth and connections right across the North of England.”

Some of the topics being discussed by the influential speakers include decarbonising transport, the transformation of the region’s rail network, improving social inclusion, and how transport can be used to transform the North of England’s economy. Some of the other figures that will be involved include:

  • Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire
  • Lord Patrick McLoughlin, Chair of Transport for the North
  • Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of Transport for the North
  • Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Chesire West and Chester Council
  • Professor Piers Forster, Interim Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change
  • Zoe McLernon, Head of Policy and Advocacy (Freight Reform) at Great British Railways Transition Team

As statements are made, Public Sector Executive will bring you the latest news from the conference.


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