Wakefield reacts to HS2 announcement
Cllr Peter Box CBE has reiterated Wakefield Council’s position on HS2 following the latest Government announcement and has pledged to continue to champion the views of district’s residents.
The Government has now confirmed the route of the next phase of HS2, including the route between Birmingham and Leeds. The M18 Eastern Route through South and West Yorkshire means that HS2 will run north through the district to the west of South Elmsall, west of Hemsworth, east of Crofton and west of Altofts.
The Eastern Rolling Stock Depot which was earmarked for Crofton has been relocated, which will significantly reduce the environmental impact on Crofton. However, there is still no decision about a parkway station, which would deliver some improved connectivity and economic benefits for the district.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: "Whilst the announcement brings some measure of relief for Crofton it does absolutely nothing to address the wider concerns felt by many of our residents and this council.
"No real case has been made for the benefits to Wakefield, and local people are still waiting for answers about the economic impact of HS2. It is incredulous that there has – at this stage - been little or no attempt by HS2 to understand the impact the proposal will have on our communities.
"This Council is hugely supportive of investment but we firmly believe it should be used to upgrade rail connections between the cities and towns in the North's east and west and to make the national highway fit for purpose. This would improve vital connectivity giving clear social and economic benefits for this district, and the north.
"With no tangible benefits coming to Wakefield, we simply cannot support HS2, as it stands, and will continue to do all we can to make the voices of our residents heard."