Proposed HS2 train factory could bring 1000 jobs to Leeds City Region
The Leeds City Region could be in line for a huge jobs boost from train maker Talgo.
The Spanish business confirmed today (October 10) that Leeds is one of six UK regions on the shortlist for a proposed train manufacturing hub.
The facility, which could span 430,000 sq ft, is forecast to create as many as 1,000 jobs.
Trains made at the factory would be used on Britain’s upcoming HS2 network.
Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said of the announcement: “Over the last 18 months we have been working closely with Talgo to help make this significant opportunity a reality.
“We believe we have a unique fit with Talgo which is supported by our HS2 Growth Strategy.”
She continued: “Our rail research capability in Leeds City Region includes the Institute for High Speed Rail at the University of Leeds and the Institute for Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield.
“In addition, Leeds is a HS2 destination city at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and has been selected as a location for the HS2 rail supply depot.”
Speaking further, Cllr Blake said the authority is confident that the City Region’s manufacturing skills base of 144,200 people, along with its “extensive supply chain”, have enabled it to make a “compelling” offer to Talgo.
The announcement follows new images released earlier this week of proposed HS2 stations at Birmingham and Solihull.