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Mr Grayling has made supportive comments about Bradford’s campaign in the past.
The economic risks of not doing something about it mean you just can’t ignore what the Arup report says.
The new high-speed line would form part of a Northern Powerhouse Rail network linking the North’s six ‘core cities’ of Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield through a mixture of high-speed lines and more traditional upgrades.
But Arup’s report says Bradford has a bigger population and higher productivity levels than many of these ‘core cities’ and calls for it to be added to this list.
Nick Garthwaite, president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, said: “Arup’s report gives a compelling case to have the Northern Powerhouse Rail coming through Bradford city and that we have got to have a new station.
“The advantages are clear and for me, when I read it, I think actually they have done an incredibly good job on the creation of the report and make a very strong case for the city.” Mr Garthwaite said Bradford had a young population and that “we must have that connectivity for our young people”.