Leeds: Public debate to discuss impact of HS2 proposals

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locals will get the chance to have their say about the controversial HS2 plans during a debate in Leeds.

The meeting over the proposed £32bn high speed rail route will be held in the city centre on June 27.

Work on the northern section of the HS2 system is scheduled to begin in the mid-2020s.

From Leeds, the line will turn east and pass through communities such as Garforth, Micklefield and Church Fenton.

It could reduce the current Leeds to London Kings Cross rail journey time of two hours and 15 minutes by almost an hour and it is expected it could be running by 2032.

But residents have previously voiced concerns over the cost of the route, its benefits, the noise and pollution.

Businesses and industry professionals are also invited to attend the debate and the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Landscape Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institution of Civil Engineers have also been invited.

All five professional bodies believe the high-speed rail will be important in supporting growth and recovery by linking major economic centres for trade and investment.

But RICS president Alan Collett said: “It’s important that the views and opinions of people in the north are heard.”

He added: “This debate will enable them to tell us more about what impact they feel HS2 will have on their communities, giving them an opportunity to voice any concerns.”

The debate will be held at Leeds Metropolitan University’s The Rose Bowl on Monday, June 27, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The ‘Fast Train South is a Strain Not a Gain’ debate will be chaired by Martin Wainwright.

Over 70 tickets have already been sold and early booking is advised.

Tickets cost £10 to attend. For more information or to book, visit www.rics.org/networking or call Sarah Goodgrove on 01924 229 308.

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