A map released by the Environment Agency during the recent floods in Leeds highlighting ‘severely affected’ areas runs an almost identical course to the proposed HS2 route, raising questions about the feasibility of the multi-billion pound project.
Phase 2 plans for the high speed railway follow parts of the Aire and Calder Navigation on approach to Leeds train station, but most of the proposed land for development was under water this weekend as the river overflowed.
Pictures from Woodlesford Lock show the submerged land which has been earmarked for development.
An Environment Agency map released this weekend shows vast swathes of purple ‘severe’ warnings in place around Woodlesford and the Rothwell Country Park moving towards Stourton.
The proposed plans for the HS2 line to Leeds would see significant chunks left under water if it had been developed today.