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Bradford Council 'pushing' hard for HS3 station

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Image caption Councillor Val Slater said Bradford Interchange would be the likely site of any HS3 station

Bradford Council has said it will be "pushing very hard" to be included in the proposed HS3 high speed rail scheme between Leeds and Manchester.

Deputy council leader Val Slater spoke after chancellor George Osborne approved the project in his budget.

Bradford Train Users' Group said the city must avoid being "bypassed".

Transport for the North, which is carrying out a feasibility study for the government, said a recommended route was due to be announced in 2017.

Councillor Slater told BBC Radio Leeds: "We're pushing very hard for them to look at and assess the option that would take it through Bradford and that we have a hub station.

"The likely site would be the [Bradford] Interchange. Our aspirations are huge for the interchange. We are not yet at point where we can confirm those aspirations, but we have started making plans."

Transport for the North (TfN) said its work would include looking at "how best to serve the key towns and cities on the Manchester to Leeds corridor, such as Huddersfield, Halifax and Bradford".

A TfN spokeswoman said: "We are still at a very early stage in our development process and a number of options remain under consideration."

James Vasey from the Bradford Train Users' Group said: "We're a top 10 city in the country and at the moment we are getting bypassed. What we need is to get HS3 as a through line."

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