An east to west Northern coast to coast rail line connecting major cities must stop at Bradford and not just Leeds, an MP has warned.
Shipley MP Philip Davies said missing out Bradford and only including Leeds on the route of HS3 would be like “throwing apples into an orchard that is already full.”
Transport Minister Andrew Jones hinted Bradford could be included on the route.
He said: “With Transport for the North we are investigating the benefits to passengers and to the economy of northern powerhouse rail [HS3] serving key markets such as Bradford.”
Mr Davies said: “It is absolutely essential that a city the size of Bradford has a station stop on the HS3 route otherwise the economic benefits of this will only be in West Yorkshire for Leeds which is like throwing apples into an orchard that is already full. Can the minister therefore commit to make sure Bradford is on this route to make sure the Bradford district can also benefit from the northern powerhouse.”
Mr Jones said Transport for the North expects to publish its priorities in the New Year and he would make sure Mr Davies’ concerns were heard in the planning and that he was kept informed of progress.
HS3 or the Northern Powerhouse Rail as it is also called is government’s vision for faster and more frequent rail journeys across the north.
Earlier this year think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research urged government to take advantage of low borrowing costs and push ahead with the scheme. Its report said government plans to spend £280 per person on infrastructure project in the north in the next five years compare to £1,870 per person in London.