Will HS3 come to Bradford?

Lobbying activity is underway to ensure the planned trans-Pennine high-speed rail line comes to Bradford.

Chamber officials have met with consultants appointed to investigate best outcomes on behalf of Leeds City Region, including routes, costs and benefits, stressing the need for Bradford’s inclusion in so-called HS3.

BPF Chair Steve McManus
BPF Chair Steve McManus

A report earlier this year did not make reference to whether or not the city should be included on the route, which immediately raised alarm bells.  Business figures from Bradford Property Forum liaised with Chamber policy staff, who got the ball rolling to ensure key decision-makers consider Bradford’s role in economic growth and connectivity and how HS3 can support that.

Transport for the North’s chairman, John Cridland, has been invited to West Yorkshire to discuss with the Chamber the merits of the plan.  Bradford Council is also expected to add weight to the argument by conducting research to highlight the local contribution to the regional and national economy.

A presentation given by the Council earlier this year on why HS3 needs Bradford can be found online here

TfN will have a clearer view on its intentions by the end of the year.

(Note:  HS3 is also becoming known as ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’ in government circles.)