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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Politicians lobby for HS3 Leeds/Manchester rail link to come through Bradford

Politicians lobby for HS3 Leeds/Manchester rail link to come through Bradford


Politicians lobby for HS3 Leeds/Manchester rail link to come through Bradford

BRING high-speed rail to Bradford - that's the rallying cry from the city's leaders to the Government today.
Chancellor George Osborne will use his Budget to give the go-ahead for a high-speed rail link, dubbed HS3, between Leeds and Manchester.
One of the options being looked at is a route through Bradford and its political and business leaders are now lobbying hard for this to become a reality - saying it would be a "game-changer" for the city.
Bradford Council deputy leader Councillor Val Slater said the council would push for the high-speed link to call into the Bradford Interchange, or even a new, purpose-built high-speed rail station.
And the city's business leaders are backing this call, with the Chamber of Commerce saying it would be a "dereliction of duty" if those leading the Northern Powerhouse project snubbed Bradford when drawing up the route.
HS3, also known as Northern Powerhouse Rail, would see a new 30-minute link created between Manchester and Leeds, rather than the current 49-minute journey, with trains reaching speeds of up to 125mph.

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