A High Speed 2 (HS2) depot for Leeds has been given the green light by the government.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has revealed plans for the HS2 Eastern Leg Rolling Stock Depot in West Yorkshire.
The depot will be used as a training hub for engineers working on the high speed line and will create 125 skilled jobs.
In addition, the University of Leeds’ new Institute for High Speed Rail & System Integration will train postgraduate engineers through MSc and PhD places, helping to provide a flow of skilled experts into the industry.
“Constructing this vital depot in Leeds underlines how the benefits of HS2 drive prosperity right across the UK, with Yorkshire playing a crucial role in maintaining the new high speed trains and delivering significantly better journeys for passengers,” said Grayling.
“The depot will act as an economic catalyst, creating skilled jobs, boosting the local economy by unlocking regeneration opportunities and driving continued investment.
“This ensures Leeds will not only see immediate benefits when HS2 arrives but will see Yorkshire become a thriving hub for training the engineers that HS2 and future major projects will need.”
The depot will be built in the Aire Valley, reducing the impact of HS2 on the village of Crofton where the site was previously proposed.
Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “I welcome the news that the HS2 depot will be located at Gateway 45 in Leeds.
“It’s now important that, through our continued work with HS2 and the Department for Transport, that we finalise the proposals for the University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail, which will be world leading in its field, and underpin the continued success of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.
“Taken together, both of these facilities located at Gateway 45 will make Leeds and the region a global centre for advanced rail and high speed technology, further strengthening the economy.
“Leeds City Council is already working with our partners across Leeds City Region to ensure that people will have the right skills and be ready to take advantage of the skilled jobs and other opportunities these developments will bring.”
In April, a £350M development, which will include Yorkshire’s tallest building, was given the green light as Leeds prepares for the arrival of HS2.