LEEDS CITY CENTRE REVAMP TO ACCOMODATE HS2
Judith Blake, the Leader of Leeds City Council, has welcomed today’s confirmation of the preferred line of route HS2 will take through the city.
The preferred route of the second phase of the national high-speed rail project was released today by the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd, showing how the new line will come into Leeds. The announcement also confirms the revised plans released last year for Leeds Station to be remodelled into an integrated ‘Yorkshire Hub’ to accommodate HS2 alongside regional and local services.
The original proposed route of HS2, which would see passengers travel from Leeds to London in 81 minutes, had raised concerns in terms of the impact of certain areas of the city. However, Council leaders are confident the £1bn-plus programme will strengthen the links between Northern powerhouse cities including Manchester and York.
Councillor Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:
“HS2 will be the largest single investment in transport ever in north of England and it will deliver a transformational change to growth and jobs in West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region economy.”
In Leeds, the busiest station, passenger numbers will double over the next 30 years.The redevelopment of the station is expected to provide approximately 13,000 new jobs. The regeneration of the South Bank will deliver a further 35,000 jobs and 4,000 homes.