Getting ready to make the most of high speed rail line

HS2 will start services from Leeds in 2033
HS2 will start services from Leeds in 2033
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A PLAN to make sure Leeds and its neighbours maximise the benefits of a new high speed rail line is to be drawn up by council leaders.

More than £1m is expected to ben spent on developing the plan which will look at how to connect the HS2 line to the local transport network.

The plan will be presented to the Government later this year and be used to make the case for spending on transport improvements in the region.

The work will be done by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority after it agreed to draw up the plan at its annual general meeting.

Coun Keith Wakefield, chairman of the authority’s transport committee, said HS2 could bring major economic benefits and have wider impacts including apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

HS2 will connect Leeds to London via Birmingham with services due to begin operating in 2033.

Coun Stewart Golton, who leads the Liberal Democrats on Leeds City Council, said the study should also look at the impact on communities from construction of the new rail line.

“One of the aspects which is apparent is when you have a huge infrastructure project there is going to be disruption to that transport system,” he said.