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North loses out on connections

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Poor transport links are condemning northern towns to lose out on the region’s booming economies, the Centre for Cities think tank has said.

Its report, City links, found south-eastern towns are easily connected to London and so benefit from its economy.

By contrast, many towns near Manchester and Leeds have poor connections and are tackling regeneration in isolation from these cities’ growth.

Just three percent of Burnley’s workers commute the 30km to Manchester, against the 10% travelling twice the distance, but three times more rapidly, from Reading to London.

Andrew Lewis, director of the Northern Way, said: “We need to continue to create the conditions in which communities flourish in a new and very different economic environment, support northern cities and towns to build on their strengths, and invest in the infrastructure to support our future success.”

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