So what does Bradford have to offer?
In total, Bradford is home to more than 17,000 businesses, and the future is bright. Bradford’s working age population is predicted to grow by 24,000 by 2024 and its university is one of the country’s higher ranking educational establishments, giving skills and opportunities for businesses and individuals alike.
We believe in Bradford. That’s why Mitton Group is supporting the Northern Powerhouse Rail project, which will connect major towns and cities right across the North of England. In particular, we’re putting our weight behind Next Stop Bradford, a campaign which aims to secure a Northern Powerhouse Rail station in Bradford.
Driving forward economic growth
It’s about more than just our city. We want to see better connections right across the region, with better links between the different modes of transport, all of which will improve the commercial potential for businesses in the region and for the people who live and work here, driving forward economic growth.
“Supporting Next Stop Bradford is an important issue for Mitton Group,” stated director Jonny Knowles. “We have been a business with a Bradford headquarters for decades. Putting the city on the rail map will encourage and facilitate further growth and open up new commercial potential in the region.”
A very real opportunity
It’s really happening. On 31 January 2019 Transport for the North (TfN) published its £70bn Strategic Transport Plan and Investment Programme, focused around improvements in northern transport infrastructure in the years up until 2050. At the start of February, the plan was approved by the TfN board and officially launched at an Inaugural Conference in Sheffield. The documents are now being submitted ot the Government for their consideration.
The Plan puts forward the case for Northern Powerhouse Rail with a new line between Manchester and Leeds and a city centre station in Bradford, effectively transforming rail transport in the North of England.
Watch this space. With the right drive and ambition, we can move this project forward this project and ensure Bradford has a central position in a new rail network for the North of England.