Leeds and Sheffield 'underperforming' compared to European counterparts

Views of the town hall and new construction taking place in Leeds city centre. Credit: Press Association

The Government needs to invest more in building up skills and industry in the so-called 'northern powerhouse' cities, according to a report.

The Centre for Cities think-tank says Leeds and Sheffield are 'underperforming' in economic terms - by around 40 per cent - in comparison with their European counterparts.

The report says simply building better transport links between our northern cities, such as HS3, is not enough.

Commuters make their way in to Sheffield city centre from the train station Credit: Press Association

The Government responded that its agenda is already much broader than simply focussing on transport.