16
March
2014
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00:00
Europe/London

Comment in response to Higgins HS2 Plus report


Please find below a comment regarding Sir David Higgins high-speed rail HS2 Plus report.





Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:



“Make no bones about it – we strongly support HS2. It has the power to transform the connectivity of our region bringing thousands of jobs to Leeds and Yorkshire. We warmly welcome proposals that respond to our concerns about connecting HS2 to the towns and cities surrounding Leeds. We now need to be released to build from the north and push forward construction of a new station in Leeds that kick starts the regeneration of the south bank.



“We are encouraged to see several of the ideas in our plans are being addressed by Sir David Higgins, including controlling costs and integrating HS2 with the classic rail and transport networks.



“We have used our recent positive discussions with Sir David and the HS2 board to express our concerns that the route needs to be right to benefit our region and will continue to press the case for minimising any impact on communities that could lessen any social and economic benefits.



"It is paramount we parallel the extension of phase one to Crewe with early construction of phase two from Leeds, which has twice the benefit cost ratio. Furthermore, we must invest early in the existing network to maximise economic opportunities across the region, such as unlocking more capacity on the east coast to serve Bradford and Wakefield, and electrifying the Caldervale, York and Harrogate lines."



ENDS

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