A TRANSPORT group has welcomed the announcement of the start of HS2 construction.

Alastair Gordon, chairman of the Transport Group for the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The chamber has supported plans for HS2 throughout the planning stages.This announcement is good news.

“Businesses continue to call for investment in infrastructure and that’s now more important than ever, if we’re going to see levelling up in the regions.

“We hope that building the first stage will show the benefit of connectivity and jobs growth, so ensuring further investment to extend HS2 to our region.”

The group’s report on the need to create a transport hub for the region succeeded in persuading HS2 to revisit their initial engineering proposals.