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Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport last week visited the £229m A6 Manchester Airport relief project on his pledge to proceed with more rail and road projects in and around Greater Manchester.

During his visit Mr Grayling met with various business representatives from around the region including Gorvins’ Corporate Law Partner and Stockport Economic Alliance Chairman, Christian Mancier.

The £229 million project which is due to complete in October 2017 will help create over 5,000 jobs in the region as he said “I’m interested in doing everything I can to continue the transport improvements we’ve seen in Manchester in the last few years.

‘I see a modern and developing infrastructure as an important part of us saying to the world that Britain is very much open for business.”

Upon meeting Mr Grayling, Christian said “it was a pleasure to speak with Mr Grayling and discover his plans as transport secretary both nationally and for our region. Everyone is affected by decreasing capacity on roads and rail systems and a lack of infrastructure investment in this part of the UK and to hear promises of improved networks resulting in increased productivity was well timed.”

Other business representatives from the region in attendance included John Edwards, Senior Manager at Thales, Andrew Bellamy, MD of MAN Diesel and Turbo, Brian Bradley, Partner, Clarke Nicklin Accountants and President of Stockport Chamber and Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport Group.

To finish his visit Mr Grayling commented to say “This is part of our plan to invest in the North, and make an economy that works for everyone – not just the privileged few – by ensuring economic prosperity is spread throughout the country. Better infrastructure is likely to boost productivity.”