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High Speed Rail Links Will Benefit York


11:19am 28th January 2013
(Updated 11:42am 28th January 2013)

It'll take just over an hour to get to Birmingham from York and 83 minutes to get to London.

Details of the high-speed rail route to cities in the north of England have been announced.

City of York Council say York will benefit from the improved transport links with more visitors and trade coming to the city.

Council Leader, James Alexander says it will bring benefits to York.


The announcement, made by Prime Minister David Cameron and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, reaffirmed Governments commitment to the delivery of HS2 and its integration with the existing national railway network. The confirmed route means that York will benefit from substantial time savings, say City of York Council, due to new trains able to use both high speed and conventional railway lines. In real terms, they add, York will see journey times of just 83 minutes to London and 63 minutes to Birmingham.


The Department for Transport has predicted that the construction of the railway line, its maintenance and new station hubs will create a total of 100,000 jobs for the UK, with further employment benefits for York and the rest of the North seen to be well above that figure, say the council. The region will see new stations at Leeds and Sheffield, bringing communities and businesses in and around those areas closer together with each other, Birmingham, London and beyond add City of York Council. Local transport connections around all high speed stations, particularly at non-city centre locations, will be enhanced, they add.


Cllr Alexander and Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, met with council representatives from right across the East Coast Mainline (ECML) last week, to discuss how they can build a business case to the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail for further investment in the line, which saw agreement for further discussion around the franchise and investment in the development of key sites up and down the line.


The ECML Group represent’s 18 authorities and first met in October, say york City Council which coincided with the Department of Transport’s (DfT) announcement that the ECML franchising would not be put on hold, to ensure that those authorities along the line join forces to present a strong position to government and call for improvements to its infrastructure, in line with increasing visitor and commercial demand.


In strongly supporting York’s call for a collaborative approach, the length of the line and across the political spectrum, the group will continue to meet to identify joint priorities for investment across the line to work with the DfT, and to push forward a collective position on the ECML improvements, say City of York Council.

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