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.
Since you are here
Since you are here, we wanted to ask for your help.
Journalism in Britain is under threat. The government is becoming increasingly authoritarian and our media is run by a handful of billionaires, most of whom reside overseas and all of them have strong political allegiances and financial motivations.
Our mission is to hold the powerful to account. It is vital that free media is allowed to exist to expose hypocrisy, corruption, wrongdoing and abuse of power. But we can't do it without you.
If you can afford to contribute a small donation to the site it will help us to continue our work in the best interests of the public. We only ask you to donate what you can afford, with an option to cancel your subscription at any point.
To donate or subscribe to The London Economic, click here.
The TLE shop is also now open, with all profits going to supporting our work.
The shop can be found here.
You can also SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER .