High speed rail and broadband on the agenda as city leaders meet

The leaders of Scotland's two biggest cities have met for the first time following the local government elections to discuss mutual efforts to boost economic development.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, and Councillor Andrew Burns, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, met at Glasgow City Chambers yesterday (Monday, 18 June 2012).

They discussed work to expand broadband capacity in Edinburgh and Glasgow to ensure they remained competitive with other UK cities.

The two leaders also talked about continuing efforts to bring High Speed Rail to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Councillor Matheson said: "There's been a strong partnership between Glasgow and Edinburgh over the last few years and we're keen for that to continue.

"There are some issues that are of mutual interest and which would help the economies of both cities to develop, including High Speed Rail and broadband expansion. Putting our heads together on these to achieve a common outcome makes perfect sense."

Councillor Burns said: " Scotland 's Capital and largest city need to work together if we are to build on each others strengths. This is a small country with the economic drivers and the majority of the population based in the central belt. Ultimately, the rest of Scotland will benefit from strong city economies and we are committed to an ongoing dialogue to develop ideas and encourage investment."

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