Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Movers and Shakers Line Up for Transport Debate

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Movers and Shakers Line Up for Transport Debate

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Byline: TRANSPORT TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley

ASTELLAR line up of the region's top infrastructure and business leaders are gearing up to share their views on the state of North East transport links.

Ahead of e Journal and e Gazette's Transport Links Breakfast in association with East Coast, at County Durham's Ramside Hall, we take a closer look at some of our panelists.

So far the roster includes: Martin Turner, Head of Sales, |East Coast; Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conserv-|ative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick upon Tweed and director of the Dual the A1 Campaign Group; Rachel Turnbull, chief executive |oce of TT2 Limited (Tyne Tunnels); Stephen Catchpole, chief execu-|tive of Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership; Graeme Mason, planning and |corporate aairs director at Newcastle International Airport.

Matthew Hunt, Port director at |Port of Sunderland; Ross Smith, head of Policy, |NECC.

Ross Smith, head of Policy, Debate chair Graham Robb has described the panel as the "best possible panel lineup" to discuss transport issues facing the region.

East Coast representative Martin Turner has some 18 -ence in the trav-representative Martin Turner has some 18 years' experience in the travel industry and is looking forward to lending his voice to the debate.

He said: "Business travel will have a major role in helping to drive the economic recovery in the UK.

"Increasingly companies are seeing business travel as an investment, as in order to grow revenue, meet new customers and win new contracts they need to travel to seize new opportunities.

"Rail provides a fast, frequent, aordable and environmentally friendly way to do this. In addition to this, the fact that train companies oering facilities which make busioering facilities which make business travel so productive, both on board and in lounges, means that companies are choosing rail more and more for their business travel needs."

e latest addition to the panel is Port of Sunderland director Matthew Hunt, who has been at the helm of the Port since 2010.

Mr Hunt started his career with Seaham Harbour Dock Company, which he described as a very handson job, before joining the Port of Tyne in 1996, prior to ending up in Sunderland. …

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