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HS2 and West Yorkshire, part three

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On 6 February, Bradford East MP David Ward (Liberal Democrat) asked the government about economic benefits for Bradford from HS2, and received a boilerplate soundbite answer.

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that Bradford and Leeds-Bradford airport receive the maximum potential economic benefit from Phase 2 of High Speed 2.

Mr Simon Burns: Phase Two of High Speed 2 will transform journey times, capacity and connectivity between major cities of the north, Midlands and London, enabling northern regions to fulfil their economic potential.

HS2 will also free up space on the existing rail network for additional commuter, regional and freight services, offering more opportunity for services to meet local needs. Latest estimates published in August 2012 suggest HS2 will deliver net benefits of £64 billion including over £15 billion in wider economic impacts. If local areas seize the opportunity offered by HS2 these benefits could be greater. HS2 Ltd will undertake further work to assess the sub-national, regional and local economic impacts of HS2.

The only West Yorkshire station in the HS2 Y network would be the terminus at Leeds New Lane. There is no provision for trains to continue to other parts of the county. A London to Bradford journey on HS2 would require a change of train — and change of station — in Leeds.

Most of the population of West Yorkshire does not live in Leeds. To avoid the permanent disutility of interchange penalties and inconvenience embedded in the Y network concept, the whole project needs to be looked at afresh.

Written by beleben

February 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Posted in Bradford, High speed rail, HS2, Leeds, West Yorkshire

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  1. Leeds gets fed; the rest of Yorkshire hoovers up the few scraps.


    February 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Things that Occur to Me and commented:
    Interesting take on HS2, Bradford and the answer to David Ward’s question on 6th February.


    February 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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