The Yorkshire Party believes that decisions about transport investment in Yorkshire should not be made by London-based civil servants, but by democratically elected representatives in Yorkshire.
As a party, we are doubtful that a third rail line between Yorkshire and London would have been the transport investment priority for any devolved Yorkshire institutions. We see much more value in the High Speed 3/Northern Powerhouse Rail project, which proposes to improve transport links between Hull, York, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool. We would also prioritise the building of new stations and the reopening of long closed lines where viable.
We recognise that High Speed 2, particularly the route of the line in South Yorkshire, has become a real issue. But we also see that High Speed 2 could see billions invested in Yorkshire – with a significant part of our region’s biggest city benefiting from a massive regeneration project as part of the Leeds High Speed Railway Station, and new skills already being developed at Doncaster’s High Speed Rail College. However, if the Government is insistent on proceeding with HS2, the whole process going forwards needs to be much more transparent and open to democratic decision making and popular consent within the region and why, in the long term, transport powers should be devolved to a Yorkshire Assembly.