Mr Andrew said: “This is a huge boost to the city, almost doubling the number of intercity trains, bringing new skilled jobs and adding to the reasons which makes Leeds a great place to do business”.
Leeds station will be remodelled into a Yorkshire Hub to accommodate the high speed trains alongside current local and national routes.
Leeds station is already used by over 100,000 people per day, making it the busiest in the North of England. It has been estimated in the next 30 years passenger numbers will match that of Gatwick Airport.
The improved connections will ensure faster, better connections to the rest of the country. Offering residents and business greater appeal.
Mr Andrew went on to say “The integrated approach also means we have a real opportunity to build on the continued success of our local economy. This is a vote of confidence in the city of Leeds and the North of England”.
The estimated growth includes 13,ooo jobs to be created as a result of the pivotal regeneration on the area. Boosting the economy for not only Leeds City but also the areas close by.