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Cllr Andrew Carter, Leeds City Council's
Alternate Leader and Transport Authority Member responded to
Transport Minister Lord Adonis's article in the Yorkshire Post
today by calling for a studied approach to high-speed rail rather
than what he described as the Minister's 'hunches'.
"Rather than articles appearing every
so often, based upon what appear to be Lord Adonis's expressing
opinions based on gut feeling, we need to hear the results of a
studied approach based upon research and an analysis of the
evidence provided," said Cllr Carter
"If Lord Adonis wants to hear
Yorkshire's voice on high-speed rail, all he needs to do is look at
the report already published by the West and South Yorkshire
Passenger Transport Executives setting out the £30bn of
benefits that a high speed rail line to Sheffield and Leeds would
"Or he could read the findings of
high-speed rail specialists Greengauge21 and the Northern Way
Transport Compact who are calling for a two-line network serving
the North's city regions on both the east and west sides of the
"Lord Adonis is right in saying we
need a better TransPennine rail service but as Nick Pontone told
the Yorkshire Post, we need it now, not in 30 years time,"
continued Cllr Carter. "Electrifying the existing line and bringing
journey time between Leeds and Manchester down to 40 minutes and
providing extra capacity with new rolling stock would make the line
a viable alternative to the already choked M62."
"I fully support Mr Pontone's and the
Yorkshire Post's view that Yorkshire cannot be left in the slow
lane, and that Lord Adonis needs to recognise that a high-speed
East Coast route is essential."
Case for High Speed Rail Leeds Sheffield document (pdf.