Leeds on track to become high-speed rail hub

Posted on 20 Apr 2019 and read 544 times
Leeds on track to become  high-speed rail hubThe University of Leeds (www.leeds.ac.uk) has acquired a 10-acre plot as the location for a new Institute of High Speed Rail and System Integration.

Based on the ‘North plot’ of the Gateway 45 Leeds development, this will be an engineering hub that allows the university to collaborate with industry on research initiatives for HS2.

Lisa Roberts, the University’s deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation, said: “The new advanced testing facilities will be a significant step forward for the UK’s high-speed rail capability.

“They position Leeds City Region as a global centre for high-speed rail R&D, so we’re working closely with HS2 to ensure that our facilities align with its needs and those of industry.”

Building on HS2’s commitment to create 30,000 new jobs and 2,000 apprentices during the life of the project, the institute is expected to attract inward investment and jobs to the region, including 125 jobs at the planned HS2 rolling stock depot.

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, said: “HS2 is driving investment and growth up and down the country, and I’m delighted to see that Leeds is harnessing every opportunity that the project brings.

“We have always said that HS2 is much more than just a railway; this is another great example of the role it will play in rebalancing Britain’s economy and creating a highly skilled workforce for the future.”

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