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HS2 depot plan for east Leeds: Here are the arguments for and against

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A depot to maintain and service trains for the planned HS2 route is to be built at a logistic and manufacturing park on the edge of Leeds. We asked people if they were for or against HS2 and the proposed depot.

FOR

The HS2 rolling stock depot east of the city will allow 24-hour maintenance of the high speed trains running from London to Manchester and Yorkshire and create 125 skilled jobs, according to Department for Transport officials. It will be built at the Gateway 45 site, a centre for logistics and manufacturing next to junction 45 of the M1 at Rothwell.

Coun Blake said: “I welcome the news that the HS2 depot will be located at Gateway 45 in Leeds.

It’s now important that through our continued work with HS2 and the Department for Transport that we finalise the proposals for the University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail, which will be world leading in its field, and underpin the continued success of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

Taken together, both of these facilities located at Gateway 45 will make Leeds and the region a global centre for advanced rail and high speed technology, further strengthening the economy.

Leeds City Council are already working with our partners across Leeds City Region to ensure that people will have the right skills and be ready to take advantage of the skilled jobs and other opportunities these developments will bring.”

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake

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AGAINST

First of all, HS2 will do nothing for the local economy.

It will drive through large areas of environmentally protected sites and do enormous damage to wildlife.

When the trains come out of the tunnel at Leeds in the Swillington area, they will have to build in supersonic doorways because the noise will be that loud. The route will go over the same Calder River and canal three times then pass over the top of the M62 and descent into Methley. It is that big, it will be phenomenal. People forget that it’s not just the track - it’s all the electrical infrastructure and cable as well.

Back on economy, what will happen, as in France and Spain high speed areas, is that instead of people leaving London to come to Yorkshire to work, they have found that traffic and jobs depart to the capital. It will be detrimental to the area. We are desperate for upgraded rail and electrification of the lines, as we were promised. Instead, we will get massively inflated ticket prices for HS2 and less normal trains running to the capital, because the high speed ones will get priority. It is a desperate situation. That money could instead repair every single pothole and improve travel east to west and north to south on the roads. The figure of £57billion - that’s 57 thousand million pounds, is sure to increase as well.

Paul Dainton, anti-HS2 campaigner