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After visiting Network Rail's Northern Hub
Exhibition at Leeds Station today, Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis
again stressed the need for the scheme to be implemented in its
"As Network Rail's exhibition at the station clearly
demonstrates, by upgrading the North's rail network, the
£530m scheme will generate £4bn of economic growth
across the north of England, including up to 30,000 new private
sector jobs" said Cllr Lewis. "It will mean two extra fast trains
per hour between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester, bringing the
total to six, and a reduction in journey times by 10 minutes."
Cllr Lewis last week expressed concerns that in recent speeches
Rail Minister Theresa Villiers had cast doubt on the future of the
Northern Hub on grounds of cost.
"Costs like £16bn for Crossrail and around £500m
apiece for the refurbishment of London termini such as Kings Cross
and Victoria don't seem to worry ministers so neither should
£530m for a scheme that will benefit a whole swathe of the
country and help achieve the coalition's stated aim of narrowing
the gap between north and south," said Cllr Lewis.
"Everybody knows that if the hubs on your car are damaged or
incomplete, the wheels are going to come off," he continued. "To
prevent the wheels falling off this plan for growth in the North's
and the nation's economy, Theresa Villiers needs to throw her
wholehearted support behind the Northern Hub scheme and stop these
dark mutterings about its costs."
Network Rail's exhibition stand is at Leeds train station on
Friday 4th November from 7-9.30am and 3-7pm and on Saturday 5th
November from 10am-5pm. There will be a number of Network Rail
staff available to answer questions about our proposals.
Link to Network Rail's Northern Hub Project web