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Leeds Central MP welcomes announcement of HS2

This is great news and a really important day for Leeds. Fast train links are vital to the future of our economy and will help boost the region. And the strong all-party support for this project will give confidence to businesses thinking about investing in Leeds that we are building the infrastructure we need for a strong economy in the years ahead.

– Hilary Benn MP for Leeds Central

The route chosen into Leeds will, it seems, produce the least disruption but there must be full consultation with communities and businesses affected and generous compensation. It is also vital that there is an easy way for pedestrians to move between the two stations.

– Hilary Benn MP for Leeds Central

Trolleybuses to return to Leeds

Trolleybuses are to make a comeback in Leeds after the Government approved the 250-million pound plans to install a modern system.

The Department for Transport is meeting the bulk of the costs with a £173.5 million grant, and local authorities will pay just over £76 million towards costs. It will be the first modern trolleybus system in the country, and is expected to generate up to 4000 new jobs.

Work is set to start in four years' time.