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29 November 2017


An independent technical report published today by HS2 East has concluded that over 60% of the wider economic benefits of Phase 2 will be delivered on the eastern leg of HS2.

The high speed connection will unlock potential, creating additional jobs and opportunities to benefit millions of residents in the surrounding regions.

The greater connectivity between city regions will also boost productivity. The greater connectivity between Leeds, Sheffield, East Midlands and Birmingham will provide a powerful super-economy of eight million people and four million jobs.

HS2 will be the new backbone of the national rail network, linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. The eastern leg will drive local economic growth by bringing the towns and cities of the Midlands and North closer together, consequently improving connectivity to Scotland and providing a total economic uplift of £717m annually.

Freeing up capacity on other lines will improve regional and local rail services, and release capacity for freight, reducing numbers of lorries on motorways.

Co-Chair of HS2 East Cllr Keith Wakefield said:

“I strongly believe that the benefits of HS2 – productivity, connectivity and growth – must not be limited to stops on the current planned route.

HS2 East is the golden thread that will unify the economies of the Midlands and the North of England with Scotland via the North East. Uniquely, not only will this see major improvements in journey times south of York, it will also create much faster links to - and between - regions northward, and to Scotland; and bring a significant boost to the economy and productivity on this route.”

Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South and who chaired a recent HS2 East event in Westminster said:

“As a project, HS2 East has the power to be genuinely transformative. It pulls together millions of people and helps to regenerate city centres. We know that transport enables businesses to succeed and at a time of uncertainty investment in transport can provide real confidence for growth. We just need to crack on and get this done.”


Editor’s notes

HS2 East is a partnership of councils, LEPs and chambers of commerce from the Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland that have come together to promote the delivery of HS2 Eastern Leg. 

The ‘HS2 East Economic Benefits’ report can be found at



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