High speed rail network to pass through Wakefield and generate billions for Yorkshire’s economy

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A HIGH speed rail network that will pass through Wakefield is expected to generate £2.3bn for the local economy.

The Department for Transport announced this morning that the High Speed Two line will run near to Walton and Normanton on its route between Leeds and Sheffield.

The £32bn network, which will be complete by 2032, will get passengers from Leeds to London in 80 minutes at speeds of up to 250mph.

And transport and business bosses said Wakefield’s transport network needed to be “HS2-ready” in order to reap the benefits of the scheme.

Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Neil McLean said: “Today’s announcement is great news for our businesses and the economy.

“HS2 will bring real benefits to all our cities by freeing capacity on the existing local rail network and improving connections to the capital and European markets, which in turn will shape business investment decisions and enhance our competitiveness on the world stage.

“However, in order to ensure that this investment makes a real difference to our economy, it needs to be supported by rail and road enhancements that will aim to improve connectivity between our cities and towns and we need it delivering as a priority.”