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Seventy thousand people join calls for better Northern trains

The petition was launched after the Government cancelled rail electrification between Leeds and Manchester Photo: PA Images

Almost 70,000 people have signed a petition demanding more investment in Northern transport links.

It comes after the government scrapped plans to electrify the Leeds-Manchester line earlier this year.

Plans to electrify the Midland Mainline between Sheffield and Bedford were also paused in the Summer.

The region's political leaders are holding an 'urgent' transport summit in Leeds tomorrow to address the issue.

The meeting is being led by the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, Liverpool city region mayor Steve Rotheram, and the leaders of Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Manchester councils.

The summit will bring together private sector partners from a range of business groups including Downtown in Business, the Northern Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, the FSB, and the IoD.

The petition, which was set up by IPPR North, demands more money for the North, claiming the region would have received £59bn more in investment over the last decade if it had received the same per person for transport as London.