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At a meeting on Friday 25 February, the West
Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (WYITA) Executive Board
reiterated Metro's support for the planned high-speed rail line
between London, Birmingham, Yorkshire and beyond.
Metro Chairman Cllr Chris Greaves said research has shown it
could generate over £2bn of local productivity benefits on
top of £60bn of overall transport benefits, and that it was
vital that the project go ahead.
"Independent research commissioned by Metro and South Yorkshire
Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) showed that by reducing
journey times between Leeds and London to just 80 minutes, a
high-speed Yorkshire link would deliver up to £2.3bn of
productivity benefits to the local economy," said Cllr Greaves.
"This project is going to have an enormously positive long-term
effect for our region," continued Cllr Greaves. "That is why 69 of
the country's key business leaders, including the heads of the CBI,
British Airways and BAE, are very publicly backing it, ahead of the
Government's launch next week of a formal consultation on the line
"We need to give it our full support and certainly not let it
get it 'derailed' by a vocal campaign organised by a small number
of people in the vicinity of the proposed route, and their
WYITA Executive Board members agreed that they would continue to
support the development of High-Speed Rail but that its development
should not be at the cost of much-needed investment in the existing
This investment, they said, would include further
electrification, route improvements, more stations and new trains,
which in turn would mean greater comfort and quicker journeys for
FInd out more about the Department for Transport
high-speed rail consultation.