He said: “Everything we read just points to the fact that this has got to happen - no ifs, buts or maybes.
It really is so important for Bradford and indeed for the wider city region as well.” Mr Garthwaite said it was hugely important that everyone kept lobbying Transport for the North and the Government, saying the “pressure needs to be kept on” for Bradford to be included on the Northern Powerhouse Rail line.
Nick Garthwaite, president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, said: “Arup’s report gives a compelling case to have the Northern Powerhouse Rail coming through Bradford city and that we have got to have a new station.
“The advantages are clear and for me, when I read it, I think actually they have done an incredibly good job on the creation of the report and make a very strong case for the city.” Mr Garthwaite said Bradford had a young population and that “we must have that connectivity for our young people”.
He said: "Any proposal that would try to keep Bradford off the network falls at many hurdles.
"We are a bigger city than many other cities on the network, as well as those aspiring to be on it." Mr Vasey said a station in Bradford would also provide a crucial link with the existing Airedale and Calder Valley rail lines, whereas "at the moment Bradford has got two dead-end stations".
It says while more people travel between Bradford and Leeds than between any other two cities in the UK, comparatively few people choose to make the journey by train, leaving roads heavily congested.
The report, commissioned by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has already been sent to the Government as well as transport body Transport for the North, which will soon recommend to ministers whether to include Bradford on the line.
Mr Grayling has made supportive comments about Bradford’s campaign in the past.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said they were considering whether to add Bradford to the Northern Powerhouse Rail network, as well as considering the case for stops at Huddersfield, Warrington and York.
This looked into how building a second high-speed station in the Leeds City Region, as well as the one planned in Leeds, would deliver economic benefits to the region.
It tested the different economic benefits of stations at ten potential locations, including Bradford city centre, parkway-style stations at either Low Moor or Brighouse, as well as stops in Huddersfield, Halifax, east Leeds, Wakefield, York or Selby.
It says Bradford’s “current rail offer is poor with low frequencies, slow journey times and no direct connectivity with key cities such as Liverpool and Sheffield” and argues that the city is ripe for investment.