From the East Midlands to Nottinghamshire, South and West Yorkshire and beyond into the North East and Scotland, cities, towns and counties are gearing up for the once in a lifetime opportunity that HS2 will bring. HS2 promises new growth for our economies, new markets for our businesses and a better future for our communities.
The Eastern Leg of HS2 is the essential catalyst that will grow our integrated economy into a major international powerhouse: closely connected, highly productive, a destination for highly skilled workers and a key driver of the national economic rebalancing that is so vital for the future of the UK.
It will create the pro-investment, business-orientated conditions to build secondary infrastructure, catalyse growth and deliver better social outcomes across the whole region. It will boost our manufacturing heartlands and help promote a new manufacturing revolution.
Because it offers so much, we cannot let this opportunity go to waste.
HS2 East has formed to make sure the Eastern Leg of HS2 is delivered in full and as soon as possible.
This alone means HS2 East cannot be ignored. HS2 promises so much and we already working hard to make sure it makes the greatest possible impact.
Connectivity is key. HS2 gives the UK the chance to fundamentally re-draw its economic geography. By linking five of our biggest city regions by high speed rail, efficiency and productivity will be boosted, labour becomes more mobile and cities can work better together to compete internationally.
The cities in the HS2 East region are already successful. They include centres of national and European excellence in higher education, financial and business services, manufacturing and engineering, construction, pharmaceuticals and biotech. But with the advantage of HS2, these industries can deliver sustainable prosperity - not just for their immediate areas but for UK Plc.
With HS2, Eastern Leg cities like Leeds, Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham can make a major contribution to rebalancing the national economy.
But with HS2 East they can do even more. With better connectivity, our major cities can work closer together and grow from strength to strength. We are constantly working to provide world class public infrastructure for our cities and their surrounding areas, but our ambitions would be diminished if HS2 is not delivered.
Without the Eastern Leg of HS2 and the investment it will bring, the full potential of our cities will not be realised.
This is the workforce that HS2 will provide new prospects, job opportunities and long-term security. These are the commuters, day-trippers, families and retirees whose lives will be made easier by the connectivity HS2 will bring; the young people whose future prospects will be illuminated by the investment it will attract; the first time buyers who can stay rooted in their communities rather than upping-sticks and moving away to seek a better life.
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