The Chairman of the HS2 Board has reacted to Chamber concerns over the proposed dedicated high-speed rail line between London and the North of England.
Following the Chamber’s survey earlier this year, members’ criticisms of the scheme (cost, lack of connectivity, making it work for Bradford) were highlighted by the President, Paul Mackie, when Sir David Higgins and his Board visited Leeds in February. That event was followed by Sir David publishing a report, entitled ‘HS2 Plus’, outlining several changes he’d like to make to the existing plans.
Those changes include making sure the line is fully integrated into the existing network, bringing forward the build-time and ensuring the economic benefits extend beyond London and the south-east. Paul has continued to stress the importance of these and other factors in meetings with Bradford Council, KPMG and the HS2 Board itself.
While the latest Higgins report will not assuage all Bradford-based concerns and criticisms, they do demonstrate that our voice is being heard and listened to. The proposal still maintains cross-party support in the House of Commons, but still has a long way to go before spades get put into the ground.
Read a summary of ‘HS2 Plus’ here and let us know what you think. Does it win you over?