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Creating a world class gateway for Leeds and economic opportunities for Yorkshire

'Phase 2b'
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Architect's concept for the new Leeds station and public area

High speed trains and better regional connections

HS2 will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times. The new station at Leeds, the busiest in the North, will provide extra capacity for more local rail services. For 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 Services 

Leeds to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 27 minutes
  • Sheffield, HS2 time 27 minutes, current time 40 minutes
  • Birmingham Interchange, HS2 time 46 minutes, current time 148 minutes.
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 49 minutes, current time 118 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 81 minutes, current time 131 minutes

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

Over 7,000 jobs are already supported by HS2

Leeds City Region estimate that at least 20% of the workforce on HS2 will be from the city region with 5% of these workers having previously been unemployed. HS2 will employe 30,000 at the peak of construction.

soil analysis laboratory
Soil analysis at Leeds based Soil Engineering Services Ltd.

90 Yorkshire businesses have already worked on HS2

Soil Engineering Services in Leeds has won HS2 contracts worth £19m for geological investigations supporting over 60 jobs and 20 apprentices. Find out more about how HS2 contracts mean booming business for the firm.

HS2 is helping to attract significant investment to Leeds 

Over £500m of investment has been attracted to Leeds since HS2 was announced. Leeds City Region predicts their HS2 Growth Strategy will create around 40,000 additional jobs. That’s a £54 billion boost to the regional economy by 2050.

In particular, HS2 will support development around the South Bank in Leeds. The development will double the size of Leeds City Centre. It will provide over 35,000 jobs, over 8,000 new homes and educational facilities for over 10,000 students.  South Bank infrastructure proposals include a new city park and the transformation of the waterfront with shops and bars. The HS2 station itself will offer new retail and commercial space creating jobs in the city centre.