HS2 to bring 150 jobs but what’s the cost ?

An example of the high speed 'HS2' train which could tear up the Erewash Valley.
An example of the high speed 'HS2' train which could tear up the Erewash Valley.

Controversial plans for a high-speed rail network would bring 150 jobs to the area.

A report to Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee on Tuesday said a new maintenance depot for HS2 has been proposed at Crofton.

But rows over the validity of the network broke out again this week when a report by the National Audit Office found government ministers had underestimated its costs by about £3bn.

And campaigners are still furious about the impact the proposed route would have on historical sites at Wintersett, Walton and Altofts.

HS2, which was originally due to cost £33bn, would allow passengers to get from Leeds to London in 80 minutes at speeds of up to 250mph.

But because it won’t stop at Wakefield, campaigners believe it would not improve journey times for people here.

Campaigner Paul Dainton said: “Our objections aren’t just based on disruption, but on the fact that the country doesn’t have the money to spend on this.”

Tuesday’s cabinet report urges council bosses to decide on their response to the planned route of HS2 before a consultation ends in the spring next year.

It said the route was planned without any dialogue with the council and would have a “significant impact on the environment”.

But it also said HS2 would provide more than 13,000 jobs in the Leeds area.