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Leeds is the busiest rail station in the North of England, a major transport hub for the city, Yorkshire and the North of England. In January 2013 the Government launched a consultation on the route for Phase Two of HS2 which included a proposed new HS2 station in Leeds at New Lane. During the consultation, Leeds City Council and representatives from across the region expressed serious concern about the quality of the linkage between new HS2 services and existing national and regional rail services.
After continued engagement with HS2 Ltd, Leeds City Council, local authorities across West Yorkshire, the Leeds City Region LEP, the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Network Rail, a clear consensus around a new single preferred option emerged. This presentation sets out the processes for deciding that location and how the partners are now working together on the next steps.
HS2 will provide a step-change in rail capacity and connectivity on the corridor between Leeds and London. It will bring together the city regions centred on Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Birmingham into a coherent and integrated economic zone of over ten million people, five million jobs, and some of the UK's most significant manufacturing clusters.
Important in the decision-making for HS2 arriving into Leeds was to build on the economic strengths of Leeds and Leeds City Region, maximising the benefits of connectivity, jobs and skills, and integrated into the city council's vision for the Leeds South Bank, one of the largest regeneration schemes of its kind in Europe.
10.30: Coffee and registration
11.00: Talk by Jon Clee and Liz Hunter, followed by questions and discussion
12.45: Bar open and buffet lunch service
To book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 March 2017, indicating if you will stay for lunch. Payment for the buffet lunch will be in cash when you register at the meeting. The cost will be £12 per person and £2 for dessert.
Organised by the ICE Yorkshire and Humber retired members' section.
Jon is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 20 years' experience in the rail industry and is HS2 Ltd's Project Development Director for Leeds Station. He has spent the last couple of years working on the development of the proposals for the HS2 station.
Liz previously worked at Leeds City Council as the Transport Strategy Manager, having moved to Leeds after ten years in the civil service in London working for the Department for Transport, HM Treasury and HS2 Ltd. She is now Head of Transport Policy at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Jon and Liz worked closely on identifying the location of the station in Leeds and are now involved in the design work for an integrated station.