Calls to bring high-speed rail link to Sunderland

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AN extension to the new high-speed rail link to bring it to Sunderland has been called for by councillors from across the city.

The Coalition Government has initially announced the newly-proposed network will go to Birmingham and after that Leeds and Manchester.

But Labour and Conservative councillors yesterday expressed their support for the line to be further extended to Wearside.

Coun Peter Wood, who initiated the motion at last night’s full council meeting, said: “We want the full works, not just high-speed rail to Leeds, but high-speed all the way to the North East.

“As a ‘far away’ region we have the most to benefit and we want a proper first-class link with the capital and other regions in the UK.

“We shall be helping to pay for it and we want out full share of the action.”

Coun Wood went on to list the benefits he believed would come as a result and these included job creation and economic growth, reduced emissions and benefits to business.

Coun Mel Speding said: “We can think of many reasons why it should come to Sunderland and it will boost the economy for generations to come.”