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Source: City of Wakefield

Wakefield Council has welcomed a new report that says the northern rail network should be prioritised over HS2.

The report released today from the National Infrastructure Commission shows that prioritising regional links is most likely to deliver the highest potential economic benefits to North.

Wakefield Council’s Leader, Cllr Denise Jeffery, has previously written to the Prime Minister to reinforce Wakefield Council’s objection to HS2 and urge the Government to consider other rail and transport initiatives.

Responding to the report, Cllr Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We are pleased that this report supports our position that more money in regional rail is needed. We strongly believe that focusing investment in our local rail network is a much more effective, and a less disruptive, option to support levelling up and growth in the North than HS2.

“Our residents deserve a transport network that works for them and HS2 is not the best use of major funding infrastructure for our region. It would have a significant adverse environmental impact and does not address key issues – such as the need for more investment in local rail commuter routes and improved bus services.

“In light of the findings from today’s report, we once again urge the Government to seriously reconsider their HS2 plans and increase investment to connect all places across Yorkshire and the north.”

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