More than 400 companies representing 300,000 people from across North Wales, Cheshire and the Mersey Dee area have backed a campaign to deliver faster, more frequent rail services.
The Growth Track 360 campaign - which aims to secure investment to deliver change across the wider region - has been strongly backed by businesses, politicians and the general public.
Businesses say better rail services will help to deliver a faster rate of business growth and act as an economic driver.
The campaign is being led by the North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force (NW&MD) and has the backing of the region’s eight local authorities, the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, the Mersey Dee Alliance, the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, the North Wales Business Council and the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce.
Businesses cited different reasons for their support. Over 75 percent of bigger companies cited the time savings Growth Track 360 would deliver as their primary motivation for supporting the campaign.
64 percent of smaller businesses said the campaign would give them better access to customers. While around 54 percent of smaller companies also thought improved rail services would improve recruitment and help them to expand and create jobs.
Businesses also said the campaign would help to reduce A55 traffic, create better connections to the rest of the UK, and have a positive impact on the environment by reducing diesel train usage.
Read the full story on growthtrack360.com.
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