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Mulholland lends support to campaign for high speed rail network

June 23, 2011 3:27 PM

Greg Mulholland, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, this week joined a rally in Westminster supporting the Yes to High Speed Rail campaign.

The rally was part of an on-going nationwide tour of the UK being undertaken by the Yes to High Speed Rail campaign bus highlighting the benefits to the country of the positive impact of high-speed rail - for jobs, investment, growth and a better quality of life.

The campaign bus has visited Manchester, Birmingham as well as London and is scheduled to be the centre-piece of further rallies in Leeds, Sheffield and other cities in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Greg commented:

"As a Leeds MP, I fully support the idea of a high speed rail network, which must come to Yorkshire.

There would be significant economic benefits for Leeds and other northern cities from the development of a high speed rail link to Leeds. Reports suggest a high speed link between Leeds and Sheffield, could create up to 3 million jobs in the region.

I hope that by continuing to show our support for a high speed rail network, we can ensure it goes ahead, so Leeds and the rest of the North can benefit from the economic advantages it would bring with it."

Professor David Begg, Director of Yes to High Speed Rail agreed with Greg Mulholland by saying:

"It is fantastic to have the support of Greg Mulholland. Building a new high-speed rail line can be a part of solving some of the big questions facing this country today and in the future.

This is why businesses and unions joined MPs from all parties today in London to campaign for high-speed rail."

Notes to editors

The Yes to High Speed Rail campaign is independent from the Government and HS2 Ltd, representing employers from across the country who believes Britain needs a modern, high speed rail network to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

The Campaign is backed by business people from across the country. Some of these business people employ large numbers of people, some employ just a handful.

Directors for the Campaign are Professor David Begg, Adam Raphael and Nigel Harris.

More details can be found at www.campaignforhsr.com

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