Leeds confirmed as site of HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot
05 Jul 2018
The Government confirmed yesterday that Leeds will be the location of the HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot. The announcement from the Department for Transport which can be read here, also claims the new depot will see Leeds City Region and Yorkshire become a thriving hub for training engineers.
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, commented on the news saying:
“The rolling stock depot will bring skilled jobs to the Leeds City Region and be a key part of our ambition to be an international centre of excellence in light and high speed rail skills as we seek to maximise the benefits of this investment.
“We want to work with HS2 and the Department for Transport to agree the details of this proposal as swiftly as possible to ensure they are consistent with our wider ambitions for the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone and to provide certainty for businesses.”
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, added:
“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 are 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.”
Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds concluded:
“The location of the HS2 Rolling Stock Depot, combined with the new advanced testing facilities to be built as part of the University’s Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration are a significant step forward for UK high speed rail capability.
“They position Leeds City Region as a global centre for high speed rail research and development, so we’re working closely with HS2 to ensure our facilities are aligned with its needs and those of industry, so all sides can deliver for the country.”