Comment on approval of new high-speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield has made the following comment on the government approval for a new high-speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester, plus a new transport strategy for the north and a new northern transport body to influence it. The announcements are in response to recommendations being made in Sir David Higgins’ update report on HS2.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“We know a 20-minute reduction in journey times between Leeds and Manchester would be worth £6.7billion and nearly 30,000 jobs across the whole of the north of England, so we welcome this announcement in response to Sir David Higgins’ recommendation. By shrinking distances between the two largest city region economies outside London, businesses, homeowners, investors and graduates would all benefit from the enhanced opportunities of a bigger jobs and housing market. It will be important to see early action to make good on the commitments made today.

“We also welcome the response to the calls, as advocated in the One North proposal, for an integrated transport strategy which together with the new influential body speaking for the wider region will help to connect people, businesses, jobs and places across the north."

Notes to editors:

Economic benefit figures from One North proposal which can be seen at www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/News/Articles/One%20North.pdf


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