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Council Calls For Change to HS2 Rail Line in North Yorkshire

HS2 - Birmingham and Fazeley Canal - high res

7:08am 21st January 2014

The route of HS2 rail line in North Yorkshire should be changed so it affects fewer people according to the county council.

It's still backing the controversial plans but says it also wants more money spent on the East Coast main line. The county council is also concerned that the new rail line should not mean fewer trains, longer journeys or fewer stops on the East Coast mainline. It has also said that York station should be improved to match the standard of new HS2 stations and that York station is not impacted by HS2.

But anti-HS2 campaigner Jo Mason who lives in Church Fenton says investment will be taken from the East Coast mainline to pay for HS2.

In a report to be considered by county councillors today, it's recommended the line is built from the North to the South, rather than from London northward, so that North Yorkshire can get the most out of the new service. Work is due to start on the Leeds phase in 2027 and the county council wants work to begin sooner.

The report states that the route north of Leeds and the connection at Ulleskelf would impact on people living nearby, with many people being able to see it. The county council suggests the route is redesigned so fewer people can see it.

Concerns have also been raised about the distance between the new station for HS2 in Leeds and the current Leeds station, with fears it could put people off coming here if they have to change trains. But a planned station in Sheffield at Meadowhall is welcomed as it's close to the motorway network. The county council has also suggested HS2 has a station in Northallerton.

The county council has also stated the importance of making sure people affected by the line get a decent level of compensation.

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