HS2 link to Leeds warmly welcomed

Leeds City Council has warmly welcomed Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's announcement of a high-speed rail link to Leeds as part of the HS2 project.

Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“We have lobbied long and hard for a high-speed rail link to Leeds and this is excellent news. It will strengthen Leeds’ position as the Northern transport hub and unlock major investment, jobs opportunities and connectivity to the rest of the country.

“The proposed station offers a unique opportunity to create a striking new gateway into the city centre, but will only work if the interchange links directly into Leeds Station and comes with a significant government package of investment in its infrastructure, road and rail links to the rest of the city region area.

“HS2 could be pivotal in driving our plans to regenerate the city centre’s South Bank but the government needs to ensure any disruption to communities is minimised during the construction of both the line and the station.”

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Council will be working with partners to ensure that any HS2 developments capitalise on high speed rail’s full potential by being fully integrated with other transport developments. This includes plans for the NGT trolleybus scheme, improvements to the station’s South entrance and electrification of the Trans-Pennine route. Further information about HS2 in Yorkshire is available at www.yorkshireneedshighspeedrail.co.uk

For media enquiries please contact:

Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office, 0113- 224 3335

Email donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk