DAVID CAMERON has promised to do all he can to speed up the delivery of high speed rail to Leeds.
During a visit to the YEP’s offices, the Prime Minister pledged to look at ways of building the planned HS2 line faster and to set out a timetable for the delivery of the emerging HS3 project to link Leeds and Manchester by high speed rail.
On the current timetable, the HS2 line to Leeds is not due to be completed until 2030 at the earliest.
Questions have also been raised over whether costs could lead to the stretch of HS2 between Birmingham and Leeds being delayed or scrapped.
Mr Cameron told the YEP: “Be in no doubt a government I lead will press ahead with all the stages of HS2 and also set out a timetable for HS3 because we want to make a reality of this northern powerhouse.”
He added: “I’m open to arguments about where we can do things more quickly. In some cases they have already suggested how to build north of Birmingham faster so always open to those suggestions.”
Mr Cameron admitted with constituencies such as Elmet and Rothwell, Pudsey and Dewsbury on a knife edge, this area will be crucial in deciding who wins the general election on May 7.
“I know I can win it or lose it in Yorkshire,” he said.
The Prime Minister also visited mobile phone firm O2’s offices in Leeds where he answered questions from staff.