Council Leader responds to Government’s preferred HS2 route

Date: 16/11/2016
Ref: PR 84​06

Commenting on the announcement from the Government, on the preferred route for the next phase of HS2, Wakefield Council Leader, Peter Box CBE, reiterates Wakefield Council's opposition to the initiative:

"I do not believe that the £65 billion that is to be spent on HS2 represents good value for money. Any economic benefits have been exaggerated and the proposals seem to totally ignore the many environmental concerns which have been raised.

"For Wakefield there is an additional risk that our existing train service to London will be reduced.

"A better investment for the North would be improved connectivity between Liverpool and Hull which would connect the big urban centres.

"This is nothing more than a vanity project and will help London more than the North.

"It's time that government started listening and not imposing something that most people don't want. The Council will continue to oppose HS2 on behalf of residents."

ENDS

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