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Mulholland welcomes investment in northern railways

October 27, 2014 5:18 PM

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, has welcomed todays calls for more investment in northern railways and getting better rail links for key cities such as Leeds, but called for properly consideration of cheaper and faster options such as High Speed UK.

Sir David Higgins, Chair of HS2 Ltd and overseeing the nearly £50 billion project, today said improved northern rail links were "desirable" and "possible".

Sir David said:

"If you look at the two huge cities - Leeds and Manchester - less than half a per cent of the people in each city travel to the other city to work.

"So in this competitive world access to skilled people is crucial for cities to compete and a good, reliable, fast rail service will improve that."

Greg Mulholland MP added:

"I welcome today's calls for more investment in the railways of major northern cities such as Leeds. This would provide a huge boost to a local economy that, at £55 billion, is already the biggest of any city region outside of London.

"There is already a strong focus on London, and even then it is still getting a £16 billion investment in Crossrail. It is only right northern cities get significant investment in our railways too, however we still need to look properly at cheaper and faster options that give us better connectivity than what is currently on the table, and one such proposal would be High Speed UK."