As a further £3.9 Billion is announced for rail upgrades across the north of England, Charles Maltby, our Programme Director, shares his thoughts on what this means for Huddersfield:

Huddersfield continues to be at the centre of good new investment stories. The latest being the Government announcement that they are more than doubling, to £6.9 billion, the funds allocated to the Transpennine Route Upgrade to carry forwards the necessary transformation of northern infrastructure is welcome news. Huddersfield’s strategic position at the heart of the line emphasises why the town is becoming THE place to be in the north.

The announcement builds on news over the last month highlighting the new Investment Zone status, continued development of the National Health Innovation Campus (NHIC) in the town centre with a second building now confirmed, significant funds to rejuvenate the Victorian Market granted, and funds to enhance the normally ignored Huddersfield to Sheffield railway line.

At our recent mini-conference, ‘Why Huddersfield? Why Now?’, we heard from local businesses all that are investing in growth and development within the town: Adventoris, Accu, Paxman Coolers and Radisson Red, the latter the new operator for the George Hotel.

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