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27 September 2019


Media Release from HS2 East

 27th September 2019


Two senior leaders representing two very different geographies and political traditions have joined forces to support HS2 East and the delivery of the Eastern Leg of HS2.

Cllr Judith Blake, Labour Leader of Leeds City Council and Chair of the HS2 East Partnership said:

“The Eastern Leg of HS2 is key to realising our ambitions for Leeds City Centre and the wider Leeds City Region, and to the delivery of Northern Powerhouse Rail. But its impact is much wider. HS2 East is the ‘golden thread’ that will bring together the economies of the Midlands, the North and Scotland, boosting productivity and creating more and better jobs for local people.

HS2 is not all about faster journey times to London. People and businesses in the North want better connections between our great cities like Leeds, Sheffield, York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle, but also with the towns and cities of the Midlands. The Eastern Leg of HS2 is key to achieving this, and to releasing the combined economic potential of the North and the Midlands which the UK as whole so desperately needs.”

Cllr Kay Cutts MBE, Conservative Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board and said:

“For local people and businesses across the East Midlands, HS2 means everything. But it’s not just Nottinghamshire and our neighbouring counties and cities who need this new railway. The whole of the Midlands and the North need it too. To underpin and integrate with Midlands Engine Rail and Northern Powerhouse Rail; to bring our regions the connections we need to thrive after Brexit.

“The scale of the economic challenges facing the UK cannot be tackled by incremental ‘business as usual’ initiatives. We need to be big, bold and confident. For the Midlands and the North, The Eastern Leg of HS2 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to re-balance the UK economy away from over-reliance on London and the South East. The Government must re-commit to building HS2, in full and as early as possible.”

HS2’s Eastern Leg will run from Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands Hub Station at Toton, Chesterfield and Sheffield. After Leeds, HS2 trains will be able to continue along the East Coast Main Line to York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle, with the potential to extend up the Edinburgh, the Scottish capital and financial centre.

The Eastern Leg of HS2 and onward connections will serve a combined area of 15 million people which already contributes over £320 billion a year to the UK economy 1 - including firms like Rolls Royce, Toyota, Bombardier, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Siemens and Caterpillar, and many supply chain companies.

The Eastern leg of HS2 will unlock new markets, jobs, boost skills, and present new opportunities for our communities to reshape the economic geography of the UK. Independent analysis commissioned for HS2 East shows that over 60% of the wider economic benefits of Phase 2 of HS2 will be delivered on the Eastern leg2.


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 and improve high speed rail links to Scotland.




Andrew Pritchard

East Midlands Councils

Mob: 07795 060943


Chris Oates

Leeds City Council

Mob: 07712 215005

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