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HS2 Debate: The fast train south is a strain not a gain

Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 6:30PM - 8:30PM
The Rosebowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds LS1 3HB, UK
RTPI Yorkshire

This house believes that HS2 will redirect resources away from the regions to the capital.

Advance booking essential. Book and pay online at

The Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Landscape Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineers are hosting this debate for and against the controversial proposed HS2 extension from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester.

Our speakers are:

  • Neil McLean, Chair, Leeds City Region LEP
  • Hon. Professor Mike Geddes, University of Warwick and Chair, Offchurch HS2 Action Group
  • Andrew Mason, Managing Director, Newmason Properties
  • Jim Steer,

    Director Greengauge 21 and President, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

The Debate will be chaired by Alan Whitehouse, BBC Look North former Transport Correspondent, and it includes the Presidents of the organising professional bodies.

The debate will be followed by a drinks reception until 10.00 pm.

RTPI Yorkshire Chair (Stan Driver) said: "HS2 is controversial, costly, but with many possible advantages. It presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the North's rail network and free up capacity on existing routes. We have a great line up of speakers on both sides of the debate who know what they are talking about. This is a unique event bringing all relevant professionals together for the first time on HS2. We expect the event to be a sell out".

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The debate motion does no represent the views of any of the five professional bodies.

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