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HS2 and West Yorkshire, part five

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The siting of Curzon Street and Bickenhill stations suggests that Birmingham Chamber of Commerce do not see a need for a high speed station to be be well integrated with the existing rail network.

But West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce seems to have a somewhat different view. It wants redevelopment of the existing Leeds City station to accommodate HS2 (instead of building a separate terminus at New Lane), and extensive modifications to the classic railway network in the locality.

[WNY Chamber position paper, July 2015]

[…] In late 2014, Chancellor Osborne announced plans for HS3 (now TransNorth rail) as a solution for east-west rail connectivity (Liverpool to Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle via Manchester and/or Leeds) – this brings with it additional implications for Leeds’ city centre station and presents further opportunities to rethink its location and approaches.

[…] As highlighted by Sir David Higgins (March 2014), any [West Yorkshire] high speed station must be fully integrated with the existing rail network to ensure the benefits of HS2 and TransNorth are spread throughout the sub-region.

WNY Chamber position paper, potential West Yorkshire metro network, July 2015

WNY Chamber seems to have ‘borrowed’ proposals such as the Aire valley rail link from HSUK‘s Yorkshire Rail strategy, but judging by ‘Figure 6’ above, it seems to be less concerned about connectivities outside of Leeds itself.

WNY Chamber's HS2 / Transnorth rail proposals included a new railway across the Aire valley,  July 2015

Obviously, the development favoured by WNY Chamber would involve extensive disruption to the existing rail network. The claim that building HS2 would be ‘less disruptive than upgrading the existing railway’, does not have a factual basis.

Leeds City station was redeveloped between 1998 and 2002 (at a cost of around £400 million in 2015 prices), and in February 2014, work began on a '£20 million' new southern entrance. WNY Chamber has proposed another extensive redevelopment of Leeds City station to accommodate HS2

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Written by beleben

July 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

Posted in HS2, Leeds, West Yorkshire

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