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York MP Calls for HS2 To Go The Extra 8 Miles


7:25am 29th January 2014

A York MP is calling for HS2 rail line to be extended by eight miles from it's planned finish near Church Fenton to York station.

York Central's Hugh Bayley made the call as he submitted his views on proposed northern stage of the controversial high speed rail line from London.

Early last year an agreement was reached for the high speed trains to be able to run on the current East Coast mainline which would, in theory, allow a direct HS2 service from London to York.

Now Hugh Bayley is pushing for high speed trains to run all the way to York station before going back on to the standard intercity rail lines.

“It is already proposed that there should be a spur from the Yorkshire Arm of HS2 to link with the conventional track at York, with high speed trains running as close as Church Fenton, which is just eight miles from York.  I want the last eight miles to be upgraded so that people in York, which is a major rail hub, can use high speed services directly.  This will also benefit people living in Hull, Scarborough, Selby, Harrogate, Thirsk and Northallerton .  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we must not miss the boat."

“I have responded to the Route Consultation for High Speed 2 to press for the additional eight miles of track to be upgraded and I want the Secretary of State to consider my proposal and then give it the go-ahead.High Speed rail will benefit the whole region by creating jobs and boosting economic growth.  The decision by the Secretary of State on the route for High Speed 2 is due to be announced by the end of this year.  I hope the announcement will contain good news and High Speed 2 will come to York.”

MPs on the Transport Select Committee published a report in December which called on HS2 and the Government to “improve connectivity” between the conventional and high speed railways to ensure that the maximum number of people benefit from high speed trains. 

Hugh Bayley has been pressing the Government to build a high speed line right through to York and Louise Ellman, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, backed this proposal by stating in the House of Commons that it would “improve connectivity to his constituency and the areas around it” and “is exactly the kind of thing that the Transport Committee advocates should be taken forward.”  

You have until Friday to give your views on the route of HS2 rail line in North Yorkshire which you can do on the HS2 website.

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