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High-speed rail link controversy

There is huge controversy over the proposed HS2 rail line with the Government claiming it is vital for the region's prosperity, but critics labelling it an expensive white elephant that could rip the heart out of some local communities.

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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

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