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Transport up for debate at Harrogate business meeting

Transport up for debate at Harrogate business meeting

Published at 6:02am 25th October 2016. (Updated at 3:41pm 25th October 2016)

The future of local transport will be discussed 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 East Coast, Northern and the Harrogate Bus Company will be represented.

Audience members will also have an opportunity to ask questions and debate the issues raised.

Sandra Doherty, Chief Executive of Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce, 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 at Leeds Bradford Airport, who will give details of developments including access via road and rail, with the planned parkway station, parking and drop-off facilities, and route developments over the coming year.
  • Alex Hornby, Chief Executive Officer of Transdev Blazefield/Harrogate Bus Company, who will cover the flagship 36 bus service, plans for investment in new technology and reducing emissions around towns.
  • Paul Barnfield, Regional Director East for Northern, who will discuss improvements to Harrogate's railway station, car parking, refurbished rolling stock on the Harrogate line and doubling the frequency of services.
  • Suzanne Donnelly, Commercial Director at Virgin Trains East Coast, who will cover topics including the new Azuma trains, increased regular services from Harrogate to London and the special services for Harrogate Christmas Market.

The open meeting will be held at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate on Monday 7 November.

Attendance is free for members and first-time visitors, but places need to be booked in advance at