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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce today responded positively to London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s backing for Crossrail North by supporting calls for Crossrail 2 classing it as an infrastructure scheme of critical national importance.

Greater Manchester Chamber has been a firm supporter of infrastructure investment where it is needed and sees both schemes as being of equal necessity for the future growth and success of the whole UK economy.

Chris Fletcher, Marketing and Campaigns Director at Greater Manchester Chamber, said: “As many people still seem intent on looking at this as a parochial north vs south issue both ourselves and our colleagues in London see this rightly in terms of identifying what the UK actually needs as a whole both now and in the future.

“Investment has centred on the capital – it is the economic engine of the UK – but what we need now is recognition that other areas have a part in supporting that which is why we are calling for Crossrail North and Crossrail 2 to get the go ahead and why the support from London Chamber is a welcome and important voice in this debate. The tactics and strategy of calling for more investment is correct and too often in the UK the momentum required to maximise investment has stalled. Now is exactly the right time to call for Crossrail 2 not wait until Crossrail has opened and reaches capacity.

“Coming off the back of Crossrail and the start of HS2 the UK is poised to get its rail infrastructure fit for purpose. These schemes and others will form the basis of the UK’s network for years to come and many want to hear, with guarantees, from government, that these schemes will be proceeding - not left in doubt and hoping that these projects may one day be considered and certainly not one taking precedence above others.”

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About Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce.

Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking.
The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations.

The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.