Opinion divided on planned Leeds HS2 route
The route of the new high speed rail link which will run between Leeds and the south of England has been met with mixed reaction.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughling unveiled the second phase of the HS2 route on Monday.
A number of MPs and councillors have declared their approval for the plans, which would see a new station built on New Lane in Holbeck.
However, others have expressed concerns over the scheme’s cost and proposed route.
Morley MP Ed Balls welcomed the news saying: “After over a year and a half of economic stagnation, it is welcome news to see an infrastructure project being announced that could bring jobs and economic growth to this area.
“But there are still many questions to be answered about how the government’s plans will be implemented in practice.
“And this makes the need for investment at Morley train station more pressing too to ensure local people can make the most of the new high speed line when it comes.
“I’ll be keeping up the pressure on Network Rail and ministers to ensure Morley doesn’t miss out on any funding that is available.”
Leeds City Council Leader Keith Wakefield also gave his backing to the scheme.
Coun Wakefield said: ““We have lobbied long and hard for a high-speed rail link to Leeds and this is excellent news. “
However, Morley Town Council leader Tom Leadley, said he thought the money could be better spent elsewhere.
“I think you have got to be a bit sceptical about it. It’s a big investment, a long-term one, and it’s going to be a while before it bears fruit.
“There are other things that can benefit from this kind of investment sooner, such as council housing.”
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