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New HS2 ECML depot to be built in Leeds

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Following a public consultation, transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that the new HS2 rolling stock depot will be constructed in the east of Leeds, driving forward local regeneration and creating up to 125 skilled jobs.

The new site will build on HS2’s commitment to creating more than 100,000 new jobs and 2,000 apprentices, with the National Colleges for High Speed Rail in Doncaster and Birmingham training 1,200 students a year at full capacity.

Grayling said: “The depot will act as an economic catalyst, creating skilled jobs, boosting the local economy by unlocking regeneration opportunities and driving continued investment.”

The arrival of HS2 in Leeds will be pivotal to the South Bank redevelopment, which could provide 12,000 new homes and support up to 40,000 jobs across the city region.

The chosen location will help ensure that HS2 has fewer environmental impacts in the region by reducing the distance empty trains travel to and from Leeds station for overnight stabling.

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