A TRANSPORT chief has appealed to the public and MPs not to derail the proposed high speed Yorkshire rail link.
Metro chairman Clr Chris Greaves said that the new line would generate up to £2.3 billion of benefits to the local economy and urged everyone to back the scheme.
At a meeting of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (WYITA) Executive Board on Friday, Clr Greaves claimed research had shown these benefits would be on top of £60bn of overall transport benefits.
He reiterated Metro’s support for the planned high-speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Yorkshire and beyond and said that it was vital for the project to go ahead.
Clr Greaves said: “Independent research commissioned by Metro and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) showed that by reducing journey times between Leeds and London to just 80 minutes, a high-speed Yorkshire link would deliver up to £2.3bn of productivity benefits to the local economy
“This project is going to have an enormously positive long-term effect for our region.”