Transport Infrastructure - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:44 pm on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat 3:44 pm, 11th February 2020

My Lords, I can find no mention in the Statement regarding HS2 and the north-east of England. Can the Minister confirm that there is no change in the plan in relation to that? That is, HS2 rolling stock will run on conventional track north of Leeds, joining the east coast main line just north-east of that city. As I raised when we debated HS2 a couple of weeks ago, to be successful, that link to Newcastle upon Tyne, where I live, needs four tracks on the east coast main line as opposed to the current two. Will the Minister confirm that the Government would be willing to look closely at the case for expanding the number of tracks north of Leeds?