The Leeds landmarks and roads which will be bulldozed by HS2 as Government confirms it will go ahead

The high speed rail network's eastern leg, linking Birmingham to Leeds, will go ahead and could even be delivered sooner than planned, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 4:45 am
Areas of Leeds which will be hit by HS2 construction.

Speaking at an online event run by the Policy Exchange think tank at the end of May, Mr Shapps said HS2 would be built in full and might be delivered earlier than previously planned.

"We are going to complete HS2 and include HS2 on the eastern leg to Leeds " he said.

"The only question that we have is how to better integrate that with plans which have developed a very long way since HS2 was first dreamt up all those decades ago. That particularly pertains to the northern powerhouse rail."

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Asda's national headquarters in Leeds City Centre will be demolished if the current route goes ahead as planned.

He said that while it was originally thought the benefits of HS2 would come by 2040 or 2050, “we think we could bring that forward quite dramatically by building it in a smarter way”.

Currently, the HS2 route through Leeds cuts through several housing estates and cuts across motorways which will cause years of disruption and delays for demolition and construction.

This is how Leeds will be affected, according to HS2's own documents, if the route goes ahead as originally planned.

Roads which will be closed include Neville Street and the A653. This means 13 different bus routes will have to be diverted for years while works are completed, with bus stops moved.
Roads in the area around Myrtle Street, Holmes Street, Kidacre Street, Sovereign Street as well as New Lane will be affected by construction, including the permanent loss of car parking on roads.
The hotel is one of 26 businesses set to be knocked down for HS2 to be built in the current plans.
As well as 11 roads being permanently closed, a playing pitch and part of the outdoor space associated with Hunslet Club on Hillidge Road will be demolished.
There will be delays on the M621 in Leeds at junctions 2 and 3, as well as the A58(M), the A61, Hunslet Road, Neville Street, the A653, Wellington Street, Aire Street, Princes Square and several others.
Mecca Bingo is just one of the businesses which will be bulldozed for the works.
A new station will be created which will require 26 businesses to be demolished. A burial ground, two Grade II listed buildings and the Roman Road 712 route will be 'permanently affected' by HS2.
Land required for construction would mean temporary loss of 75 per cent of Weet Wood, near Micklefield, of which 25 per cent would be permanently bulldozed. 15 per cent of Hawk's Nest Wood will also be gone.
The route in Hunslet, Leeds will require 25 businesses to be knocked down including The Queens at Stourton Public House and Leeds Specialist Autism Services.
The Queens at Stourton, which has closed, will be demolished