Scrap HS2 now and invest the money on a Metro system for Leeds and Bradford – Yorkshire Post Letters

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From: James Bovington, Church Grove, Horsforth, Leeds.

SCRAPPING HS2 would not be a betrayal of Leeds.

Youngsters voice their opposition to HS2.

Youngsters voice their opposition to HS2.

On the contrary, if the funds allocated to HS2 were to be used to develop a fully electrified regional express metro system centred on Leeds and Bradford, then this would be of potential daily use to hundreds of thousands of people with central area tunnels in both cities helping to open up a range of passenger objectives (such as Leeds Playhouse) and freeing space at Leeds Station for longer distance services.

This is how Grant Shapps can put Yorkshire’s failing rail franchises out of their misery now – Tom Richmond

There is a need for extra capacity on the inter-city rail network but putting all the financial eggs into the HS2 basket is not the answer.

Sorting out the bottlenecks 
on the East Coast Main Line 
and the East Midlands line 
with full electrification of the latter, and reopening useful links such as Skipton to Colne or Harrogate to Northallerton via Ripon, would better meet this objective.

Will HS2 benefit cities like Leeds and Bradford?

Will HS2 benefit cities like Leeds and Bradford?

Leading London business group insists that HS2 must include Yorkshire

Both HS2 and HS3 are designed to take people away from West Yorkshire, either to London or Manchester.

We wish these cities well, 
but our local politicians 
should be the champions of a system which enhances the regional role of Leeds and Bradford.

This is our last chance to dispel the myths of the HS2 naysayers - Mark Casci

HS2 is already being built in London - even though a Government-commissioned review is now investigating its long-term viability.

HS2 is already being built in London - even though a Government-commissioned review is now investigating its long-term viability.

There should be a regional rail tunnel under the centre of Leeds, with stations at places like City Square and Eastgate, with the tunnel going under the Aire to allow direct access to the new SouthBank development.

A similar tunnel in Bradford would enhance its regional importance.

Furthermore HS2 does nothing to reduce congestion and improve the environment in Leeds itself. Why invest billions on knocking half an hour off the journey time to London for a handful of passengers whose business can pay, whereas tickets for the retired, and ageing Bovingtons and other hoi polloi, will be unaffordable?

The Swiss city of Zurich – a major financial centre like 
Leeds – with its electrified suburban rail network and central area tunnels is a model for Leeds. Haven’t I done well actually to find a city with an excellent record of transport development that isn’t in the 
EU?

Oslo and Bergen are also examples to emulate. For that matter, so are Jerusalem and Addis Ababa. In fact just about anywhere. Scrap HS2 and develop a network that prioritises people coming to work, shop and have fun in Leeds, not Manchester or London, such as at our wonderful new world class Playhouse.