May 29: Yorkshire must learn to speak with one voice

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From: Jeff Thomas, Strait Lane, Huby.

I WRITE regarding your headline on moves to expand the regional power alliance and your editorial “Thinking Outside the Box” (The Yorkshire Post, May 26).

I have said many times before in your readers’ columns that Yorkshire will never succeed on transport or anything else for that matter, unless it is prepared to speak with one voice.

At the moment West, South, East and North Yorkshire all do their own thing. This parochial attitude has to change now.

To quote examples, North Yorkshire in particular has no transport policy, nor is it ever likely to have one.

West Yorkshire is incapable of “thinking outside the box”, in spite of what they say.

The reason why Manchester has been so successful up to now is they do speak with one voice, for the whole of Greater Manchester.

To my mind there has never been a better opportunity than now for Harrogate MP Andrew Jones, who is currently Undersecretary of State for Transport, to bring Yorkshire together as a whole, particularly on transport issues.

This would be a tremendous start.

I know it will be difficult politically to achieve, but the Government is here to govern for five years, is it not?