Exploiting Mersey Dee’s connectivity in a post Brexit world

30 leaders from business and the public sector gathered at the Doubletree in Chester to hear about future plans for improving connectivity between Liverpool Airport, Cheshire and Warrington and North Wales. Deputy LEP Chair Professor Tim Wheeler was master of ceremonies. First up was Ashley Rogers Chairman of the North Wales and Mersey Dee Business council who stressed the cross border synergies and outlined the sectors that are destined to provide future prosperity. You can see his presentation here. Next we heard from John Irving who highlighted the steady growth of Liverpool Airport and its increasing relevance to inbound visitors and business travellers. You can read his presentation here. Finally Cheshire and Warrington board member Pete Waterman gave a frank assessment of the current status of HS2. As usual he stressed the ultimate necessity and benefits of HS2 but he was also clear that this would not come without major upheaval and disruption.  Once finished Crewe will be the second most important railway hub after Clapham Junction. He also stressed the opportunity for Cheshire as the cost of living in London and the south east become unaffordable for many people.