Metro has prepared a response to the Department for Transport consultation on High-Speed Rail, which closes on Friday 29 July.
In its response Metro says that research undertaken by a High Speed Rail Eastern Network Partnership, which includes Leeds, Sheffield, Tyne & Wear and Tees Valley City Regions, and Derby and Nottingham City Councils shows the total wider economic impacts of the eastern route of the proposed national high speed rail network are estimated to be £4.2bn.
The report says that high-speed rail will support transformational economic change across the UK, particularly the north of England, which will help to achieve the Government's objective of rebalancing the economy.
It also says that that high-speed rail will also free up space existing rail lines, which will mean new and better inter urban services on the East Coast and Midland Main lines and more capacity for freight.
The report also calls for the eastern, Leeds leg of the proposed Y-shaped network to be built concurrently with the western leg to Manchester, particularly as it will deliver greater economic benefits than the western leg.
You can read the recent report to the West Yorkshire ITA and Metro's whole response here (opens in a new window)
Tell the Department for Transport why you think Yorkshire Needs High-Speed Rail (opens in a new window).