Freeports for Yorkshire March 3, 2021

Hull has one of the Humber PortsTeesport in the Redcar and Cleveland districtTeesside and the Humber will become Freeports, the Government announced in its Spring Budget on Wednesday March 3.

They will be two of seven English seaports and an airport to receive the status.

Goole is another Yorkshire port reached from the HumberFreeports aim to provide tax reliefs, simplified customs procedures and will also have streamlined planning processes.

Chancellor of the Exchequer and Richmond Yorkshire MP Rishi Sunak also named Castleford in West Yorkshire and Whitby in North Yorkshire among the selection of towns to benefit from a new towns deal.

Whitby will also benefit from the new town dealCastleford will be one town with a pot of goldA total of 45 towns across the England will have a share of more than £1 billion spread between them aimed at supporting long-term economic and social regeneration and recovery from the impacts of Covid-19.

Under a separate scheme, Wakefield in West Yorkshire will also be part of a four-way share of £18.8 million aimed at transforming local cultural projects.

The chancellor has also annouced £135m to progress the Trans-Pennine upgrade of the A66 road, which passes through his own constituency as it links the A1(M) and M6 on its way to Cumbria.

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