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.