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Chairman Cllr James Lewis has described the conclusions of a
Parliamentary report on high-speed rail as good news for the
After a four-month inquiry, to which Metro submitted evidence,
the All-Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail has conclude
that only High Speed Two (HS2) can create the long-term capacity
that Britain's rail network needs.
"This news will be welcomed by the 96% of delegates questioned
about HS2 at a recent Leeds City Region business conference who
said they believed High-Speed Rail will benefit business in
Yorkshire," said Cllr Lewis, responding to the report's
"The report confirms our own findings which are that simply
increasing capacity on traditional rail routes is not a long-term
viable solution and that despite huge investment, the lines would
very quickly be up to capacity as has happened with the West Coast
Main Line upgrade.
"In the light of today's report, the Department for Transport
and Treasury need to show their commitment to this scheme which as
well as generating an estimated £2.3 billion of local
business benefits and jobs in Yorkshire, will provide a significant
boost to the overall UK economy."
representing all three of the main political parties say that only
High Speed Two (HS2) can create the long-term capacity that
Britain's rail network needs and that alternatives, such as
incremental upgrades to the existing network, will not solve the
The All-Party Parliamentary Group inquiry received submissions
from 60 leading stakeholders both within and outside of the rail
industry and there were two inquiry sessions where a panel of MPs
took evidence from eleven witnesses.
They report's key conclusions are that:
"In the last few weeks there have been increased moves to muddy
the waters around HS2. These are crude attempts to detract from the
real benefits that HS2 will bring. The findings of our inquiry
serve to reiterate that a major injection of capacity, so
desperately needed on Britain's railways, is the driving force
behind building the project," said Pudsey MP and Co-Chair of the
APPG, Stuart Andrew.
"Politicians from all parties, including my own, must rally
behind HS2 or face the deterioration of the railway network that
built modern Britain, further alienating the prosperous South East
from the rest of the country in the process."