I thought it would be better to have a seperate thread for City Region transport where it doesn't concern Leeds itself.
I think most would agree with the above.Skipton-Colne, if reopened as a double track line through to Blackburn, could be a huge boost to the local economy. It would provide much improved journey times to East & Central Lancashire, as well as give a much better catchment area for commuting into Leeds.
Other reopenings that would prove massive boosts to the area:
would provide a quicker route from Leeds to Northallerton, and offer the chance for Northern to run a 'local' service to Middlesbrough, which is very poorly served, as well as giving Harrogate a much better connection as a junction.
I'd really like to think reopening Skipton-Ilkley-Otley-Harrogate was a possibility, as, coupled with the above, it would give a route from Central lancs to north yorks completely avoiding Leeds and Manchester.
Additionally, I'd like to see the 'Metro' brand properly spread out in the Red/Gold livery for all W.Yorks services, with routes such as Leeds-Knaresborough, Leeds-York, Leeds-Halifax and Leeds-Huddersfield all being electrified, so the not particularly pleasant pacers can be replaced with EMUs such as these:
This would bring the 'sparks effect' to the region, as well as making trains quicker, quieter, cleaner and generally more attractive to commuters.
I'm not sure how much success lobbying will have on that, or what argument Leeds could make that would see it as a prime beneficiary of High Speed Rail.It appears that a the City Region are going to act fast to try and make sure LCR doesn't lose out on HSR.
But getting to Scotland isn't the issue that's driving the investment. Relieving capacity on the lines out of London is. Since the WCML is predicted to run out of capacity earlier than the ECML the plan is to relieve it by building a supplementary route on a western alignment.a high speed ECML makes far more sense than going west coast - much easier to get to Scotland that way.