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MP Calls for York to Be High Speed Rail Interchange


4:54pm 25th January 2013

Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, to welcome the news of a forthcoming announcement on the Government’s preferences for the route of the second phase of High Speed Two to Yorkshire and the North West. 

The MP has written to Patrick McLoughlin in response to a letter which he received on Friday dated 24 January which says that the new line will go north from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds and will include stations in the East Midlands and Sheffield.  The Minister says that this is a big moment for a vital project and it is one which is supported by the current government as well as the former Labour government.

The Secretary of State goes on to explain that High Speed Two is a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform the country’s connectivity, capacity and competitiveness. 

Hugh Bayley MP says:

“I strongly supported the proposal for a new high speed rail line to Yorkshire when it was first announced by the Labour Government and I have spoken in support of HS2 many times in the House of Commons.  Across the world our major competitors are investing in high speed rail and Britain should not be left behind.

“I hope the Secretary of State will confirm the need for HS2 to connect with the East Coast Main Line.  York is a rail hub and one of the most interconnected stations in the north of England.  York should become the interchange between High Speed 2 and other rail services.  This would benefit the whole of the region by creating jobs and boosting economic growth.” 


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