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The new high-speed line would form part of a Northern Powerhouse Rail network linking the North’s six ‘core cities’ of Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield through a mixture of high-speed lines and more traditional upgrades.But Arup’s report says Bradford has a bigger population and higher productivity levels than many of these ‘core cities’ and calls for it to be added to this list.Transport for the North has been given a £60m Government grant to look into various options for creating a 30-minute rail link between Leeds and Manchester.It is expected to finalise its recommendations within months.

The economic risks of not doing something about it mean you just can’t ignore what the Arup report says.

THERE is a “compelling case” for a high-speed rail station to be built in Bradford, a study by a global consultancy firm has found.

The Government has yet to decide whether to include Bradford on its planned east-west Northern Powerhouse Rail line from Manchester to Leeds, but the report by Arup provides a dossier of evidence about why it should do so.

He said: "Any proposal that would try to keep Bradford off the network falls at many hurdles.

"We are a bigger city than many other cities on the network, as well as those aspiring to be on it." Mr Vasey said a station in Bradford would also provide a crucial link with the existing Airedale and Calder Valley rail lines, whereas "at the moment Bradford has got two dead-end stations".

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