Campaign for direct trains to Manchester Airport
HULL: A campaign has been launched to improve rail services between Hull and Manchester Airport.
It follows a meeting between airport executives and officials from Hull City Council.
Mark Jones, the city council's economic development manager, said: "We have had a very positive response from the management at Manchester Airport.
"As a city-region, we are largest population in the north without any direct services into the airport.
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"At the meeting, we did stress Manchester was the international airport of the north and how imperative direct connections were for the Hull and Humber region for businesses seeking to invest here."
He said securing the airport's support would add weight to lobbying campaign aimed at influencing the Government's rail franchise review.
Mr Jones said the council is also pressing for planned repairs to the Selby swing bridge to be speeded up.
The bridge is set to be out of action for six weeks from July, forcing rail passengers to travel by bus between Brough and Selby.
Mr Jones said: "A six-week closure is unacceptable."