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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

High-speed rail plan increases York's tourism potential, says council

York coming closer to other major
 cities, thanks to the  rail plans.
York is set to increase its status as a hub for tourism and business following the government's latest high-speed rail announcement, according to council chiefs.

The announcement made by David Cameron and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin reaffirmed the government's intention to introduce HS2 and integrate it with the existing national railway network.

The confirmed route means that York will benefit from substantial time savings due to new trains able to use both high speed and conventional railway lines. In real terms, journey times between York and London will be just 83 minutes and 63 minutes for Birmingham.

Councillor James Alexander, leader of City of York Council and chair of the East Coast Main Line Group, said: "With access to the country’s capital in just 83 minutes, York will become an even greater hub for tourism and business.

"We know that developments such as York Central are key to securing the long-term economic future of York and we now need to work to capitalise on today’s announcement, which provides a further boost in confidence to York as a city to invest."

The Department for Transport has predicted that the construction of the railway line, its maintenance and new station hubs will create a total of 100,000 jobs for the UK, with further employment benefits for York and the rest of the North seen to be well above that figure.

The region will see new stations at Leeds and Sheffield, bringing communities and businesses in and around those areas closer together. Local transport connections around all high speed stations will be enhanced.

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