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HS2 railway link welcomed by Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line
9:00am Sunday 10th February 2013 in News
Richard Morris, chairman of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, has given a broad welcome to plans for the second phase of HS2 which would connect Leeds and Manchester to the UK’s planned high speed rail network.
He said: “The proposed connection to Leeds focuses the mind on why the S&C was built – as the third main north-south line between England and Scotland.
“High speed connections to Leeds and Manchester strengthen the wisdom of retaining the S&C after it was under threat of closure in the 1980s.
“Had it actually closed there could now have been a cry to reopen it as a high speed line!”
“It is steadily resuming its intended role and trains run over it 24 hours a day.
“We shall be keen to play a part in the debate about the high speed network – especially where will it go after Leeds. Meanwhile we shall lose no opportunity to ensure that the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle main line prospers.”