BUSINESS leaders in York are putting their support behind The Press’s campaign to Get York Moving.

Susie Cawood, York head of the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said Access York was important in creating a sustainable and accessible city for businesses. She said: “It’s really about easing congestion in the city centre so that people that do need to be on the roads can go about their business more effectively. It’s important that the north doesn’t lose out to the south in these spending cuts and that this isn’t a casualty of the Government putting more money into the south of England than it is into the north.”

Nicola Spence, chief executive of Science City York, the company which spearheads business growth across the city’s technology sectors, said: “Access to a solid transport infrastructure is critical for businesses and we’re disappointed Access York hasn’t been approved. York is an innovative city with an identified need to minimise congestion and promote sustainable transport. ”

Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “The Park&Ride services are vital to York’s growing tourism sector which attracts seven million visitors and puts an annual £443 million pounds into the local economy.