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Interesting discussion – but could usefully have been complemented by a consideration of what forms the interactions/connectivities between cities can or should take. Peter Hall/Kathryn Pain (and others such as Davoudi and Turok) point to the differential way in which the polycentric network of GLSE operates compared to the way in which Leeds/Manchester relate to their wider regions. While dormitory relations do exist in GLSE, places such as Reading, Oxford & Cambridge have developed linked yet independent economic bases. Hall suggests this is one of the characteristics of economic success – which might lead us to consider what steps would need to be taken to replicate that in other parts of the country. An initial step might be to identify small steps which can be taken on a place basis to strengthen the autochthonous economic base before considering what role improved connectivity with larger regional centres might be. Indeed, for some areas – e.g. Lancashire – improvements in internal communications might be more relevant than purely improved connectivity with Manchester.