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MP calls for Crossrail to be dropped in favour of Leeds high speed link

Labour MP for Leeds West John Battle has today called for Crossrail to be put off until the government gives its backing to a high speed rail link to Leeds.

Battle made the plea to MPs in a Private Members debate on the contribution of Leeds to the economy at Westminster Hall.

“A Leeds high speed rail link should come before Crossrail,” he said.

He described a high speed rail link going up the east coast as “crucial” in an attempt to bring focus away from a high speed link up the west coast route from London to Manchester. “We need to make sure there is a high speed rail link between Leeds and London,” said Battle.



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