Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

November meeting: Traffic & Transport Update

23 Oct 2016 by Brian Dunsby

Our November meeting is our annual Traffic & Transport update, looking at the latest issues affecting businesses around the Harrogate district and connectivity with the rest of the UK and beyond. It has been a busy year in this area, so there will be plenty to discuss.

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Brian Dunsby, our transport spokesman, brings four key speakers to the meeting:

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director, Leeds Bradford Airport:
"Update on growth and development at Leeds Bradford Airport”
Masterplan & Terminal developments
Surface access – road and rail links + Parkway
Route development update (Winter 16/17 and Summer 17)
Parking/Drop-off/pick-up at LBA

Alex Hornby, Chief Executive Officer, Transdev Blazefield / Harrogate Bus Company
“Blazing Ahead: Public Transport solutions for the customer of today & tomorrow”
The Harrogate perspective of bus operation
Recent projects launched – No.36, new local branding
Future plans - low emission bus town, electric buses
Investment in buses & tech: CityZap, Park & Ride, Partnerships, TfN opportunities

Paul Barnfield, Regional Director – East, Northern Rail: 
 “Northern Rail: new franchise; more services, new trains”

New franchise for Northern Rail network
Harrogate Station improvements
Station car parking issues and solutions
Refurbished rolling stock for Harrogate Line
Double frequency for Harrogate-Leeds services

Suzanne Donnelly, Commercial Director, Virgin Trains East Coast: 
 “Virgin Trains East Coast – transforming the railway between Harrogate & London”

The Virgin Trains revolution and ‘plush-tush’ programme
New Azuma trains – for the Inter-City Express Programme
Virgin’s 2 hourly service to and from Harrogate from 2019
Harrogate Christmas Market - SPECIAL direct Virgin Trains!


The meeting takes place at the Crown Hotel, Crown Place, Harrogate, on Monday 7th November. Networking begins at 5.30pm with the officialy business from 6.15pm.

Members can book by clicking the link on our Home Page (membership is for your business, so more than one representative is welcome). Non-members can attend their frst meeting free (subsequent meetings £15 per person), by clicking the link on the home page or emailing ceo@harrogatechamber.co.uk.