The HS2 high speed rail scheme has won backing from nearly a third of the region’s small and medium businesses (SMEs), which believe it will benefit them.
New figures from the latest quarterly Close Brothers Business Barometer show that while 31 per cent of Yorkshire SMEs back HS2, nearly a quarter are hoping to win work from the project.
Nearly half of companies expect it to increase their growth potential by improving their connections with other cities.
“It is hoped that the project, which is mooted to generate almost £60 billion in user benefits as well as around £13 billion wider economic benefits, will form part of Britain’s core economic infrastructure when complete.
“In theory HS2 will bring a range of benefits to businesses across the United Kingdom.”