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Leeds Station will be the key for growth across the region

How HS2 benefits Yorkshire and the Humber

Find out about the travel and wider economic benefits to Yorkshire and the Humber

HS2 improves journeys

Our high speed stations will call at three Yorkshire stations: Leeds, Sheffield Midland and York. Serving over 5 million people in Yorkshire and the Humber region.  We’ll provide more trains, more seats and faster services to and from them. Here’s some sample journey times.

  • Leeds to Sheffield, HS2 time 27 minutes, current time 40 minutes
  • Sheffield to East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 27 minutes
  • York to Birmingham, HS2 time 57 minutes, current time 112 minutes

Based on current indicative train service specification. Final HS2 timetable subject to revision and consultation.

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HS2 will led to better train services

As well as better connect the region with dramatically shorter journey times. HS2 will also unlock capacity on other railway lines. This will help tackle overcrowding and even lead to new services. or example, HS2 could more than double the seats at peak hours on the Leeds–Doncaster corridor. HS2 will also provide the opportunity for more direct London services to places such as Bradford, Harrogate, and Selby.


HS2 helps our partners improve regional transport too.

To do all this means working with many partners across the regions. For example transport planners, councils, chambers of commerce and local enterprise partnership.

HS2 will be integrated into existing rail networks as well as Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).NPR is a major rail programme designed to unlock the economic potential of the North. It will transform rail services making it easier to move between the region’s towns and cities. Featuring new and significantly upgraded railway lines, it will be the region’s single biggest transport investment since the Industrial Revolution.

Here’s some of our stakeholders in the region:



HS2 unlocks investment for growth.

The arrival of HS2 will lead to impressive developments not only around HS2 stations but across the region. That means more jobs, more homes and many more business opportunities.

In Leeds, the South Bank is already home to 1,000 businesses, and HS2-inspired development plans will bring 35,000 new jobs, 8,000 homes.

Around Sheffield, the region’s Strategic Economic Plan aims to create 70,000 new private sector jobs and 6,000 businesses, and generate £4 billion for the local economy. With over 6,000 jobs in the Sheffield City Region directly linked to the rail industry, local companies are in prime position to compete for HS2’s supply chain opportunities.

The York Central partnership sees the HS2-ready hub as an economic magnet. It will help unlock up to 2,500 new homes, up to 6,500 jobs. It could create over £1.1 billion value for the region’s economy.

HS2 protects and enhances the environment.

HS2 will deliver a railway that respects the natural environment by conserving, replacing or enhancing wildlife habitats with a new green corridor along the route. Over it’s lifetime it will contribute to carbon reduction.