Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (15 November 2016) confirmed the majority of the preferred HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds in a major boost for the UK’s future economic prosperity and a further clear signal the country is open for business.
Government also stated that, “The direct benefits of HS2 will reach far beyond the towns and regions directly served by the newly built railway lines. As the full network is completed, new HS2 trains will continue up the East and West Coast Main Lines.”
North East LEP Board Member David Land welcomed the news:
“Today’s announcement that the HS2 network will be extended to Leeds from Birmingham is welcome news for the North East economy, enabling High Speed Trains to continue onwards to Newcastle.
“This will significantly improve journey times between the North East, Leeds, Birmingham and London. While today’s announcement is positive news, we remain committed to having a full High Speed connection all the way up the East Coast to Newcastle and on towards Scotland which would deliver major benefits to the regional economy.”