Brad­ford sta­tion link to HS2 to aid re­gion’s growth plans

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HS2 and North­ern Pow­er­house Rail (NPR) are crit­i­cal to West York­shire’s prospects, ac­cord­ing to the re­gion’s com­bined au­thor­ity.

In a let­ter to Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling, the West York­shire Com­bined Au­thor­ity (WYCA) high­lights plans for a sta­tion in Brad­ford city cen­tre (as part of NPR) that will con­nect with HS2, and that both projects will be in­te­grated with the East Coast Main Line and an up­graded trans-Pen­nine route.

It calls the plans a “once-in-acen­tury op­por­tu­nity to trans­form strate­gic rail in­fra­struc­ture in this coun­try”.

It says the Brad­ford sta­tion would de­liver 15,000 jobs and add up to £15 bil­lion to the econ­omy. Cur­rently the city has two sta­tions (Brad­ford Forster Square and Brad­ford In­ter­change), of which only Forster Square is elec­tri­fied.

In its HS2 Growth Strat­egy, WYCA says in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture could cre­ate up to 40,000 jobs, and re­gen­er­ate key parts of the re­gion. It also wants to be­come a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in rail skills.

It says that NPR will use part of HS2, in­clud­ing a junc­tion at Stour­ton (near Leeds), and that this will im­prove in­ter-city ser­vices across the North, as well as trans­form the links be­tween Sh­effield and Leeds.

WYCA Chair­man and Brad­ford Coun­cil Leader Su­san Hinch­cliffe said: “It is more im­por­tant than ever that the re­gion and the north of Eng­land as a whole speak with a united voice on HS2 and North­ern Pow­er­house Rail.”

Leeds City Coun­cil Leader Ju­dith Blake added: “Un­lock­ing the full po­ten­tial of the North­ern Pow­er­house re­quires high-speed rail con­nec­tions north to south and east to west, in­te­grated with an up­graded trans-Pen­nine line and the East Coast Main Line.”

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