A new report has been released making the case for the benefits of the eastern leg of HS2.
Released around the same time rumours swirled that the eastern leg might not happen in our lifetimes, the report outlines how the HS2 eastern leg project would benefit Northern Powerhouse Rail, particularly with regards to Yorkshire and the North East of England.
Published by the High Speed Rail Group (HSRG), the report – HS2 Yorkshire and North East Voices – brings together contributions from leaders across the region in support of completing HS2 in full. Featured in the report are MPs, local government leaders, LEPs and businesses, all of whom coalesce around a number of key themes:
- HS2 as essential to regional and local economic growth;
- Development and regeneration opportunities created through high speed rail;
- The pressing need to modernise the north’s railway infrastructure;
- Rejection of any false choice between HS2 and NPR in the Integrated Rail Plan;
- The importance of collaboration to making HS2 and associated schemes a success;
- High speed rail unlocking transport decarbonisation and modal shift.
An HSRG spokesperson said: “As the government prepares to publish the Integrated Rail Plan and make a decision on the Eastern Leg of HS2, it must listen carefully to the voices of Yorkshire and the North East that will be most impacted by the consequences of that decision.
“High Speed Rail Yorkshire and North East Voices shows that political and business leaders of the region are fully behind completing HS2 in full and integrating it with Northern Powerhouse Rail to ensure they get the investment, skills, and modal shift that these schemes can deliver. There must be no delay from the government in committing to the Eastern Leg.”