High speed plans should stretch to Leeds & the North

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post this week, Ed set out his concerns about the Government’s plans for High Speed Rail. He said there is little point in a national high speed rail plan if it doesn’t reach the north.

“If the Government was serious about high speed rail travel to Leeds then why didn’t they put it in the legislation. There is no point spending money on the first phase unless the second phase goes ahead and reaches Leeds and the north. When I was a member of the Northern Way steering group we supported high speed rail, but we always said it had to be value for money. I am worried that the Government are spending too much on tunnels in an effort to bypass the countryside. Some of that money could have contibuted to the line to Leeds.”

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Posted January 19th, 2012 by Ed's team