The case for linking the North East to a High Speed Rail Network

01 July 2011

ANEC submitted a response to the Department for Transport's consultation on High Speed Rail (HSR), strongly supporting the proposed Y-shaped option for a high speed network which would link London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds with onward connections to the North East.

Transport and connectivity are fundamentally linked to the economic prosperity of cities and regions. Local authority and business leaders consider that a national high speed rail network would deliver a transformational change to the economic geography of the UK and help bridge the North-South divide.

The ANEC response highlighted that improvements to the availability and speed of rail connections with the rest of the UK would benefit the economy of the North East in two ways. Firstly, it would make the existing economy more productive and secondly, it would create the opportunity to support further economic growth, regeneration and rebalancing of the North East economy. Research has estimated that high speed rail could result in a £3.1 billion productivity increase for the North East, through being linked into a high speed network of the future.

HSR has the potential to significantly increase the size of the economy of the North by effectively bringing the North East area closer to Scotland, London, Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands.

View the full ANEC response