The LEP’s Strategic Transport Prospectus recognises the need to capitalise on the arrival of HS2.
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The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) sees Preston as the engine for its ambitious plans to establish an ‘arc of prosperity’, running from Lancaster (which HS2 trains will also serve), down the west coast through Blackpool, and east through Preston to Blackburn and Burnley.
Lancashire hosts one of the world’s largest aerospace clusters, supporting over 20,000 jobs. The energy sector employs 37,000 people, including at the Heysham nuclear power stations.
The strong Higher Education sector includes UCLAN in Preston city centre, one of the country’s largest universities. The tourism industry, anchored by Blackpool, is a key employer. Better transport connections will help these sectors to continue prospering.
The LEP’s Strategic Transport Prospectus recognises the need to capitalise on the arrival of HS2. If productivity gains from the impact of HS2 services are similar to those predicted for other regions, in the long-term it could help provide an extra £600 million for the LEP region and 3,000 additional jobs in Preston and South Ribble. In Preston itself, HS2 could mean 75,000 extra visitors a year, adding £3.3 million to the city’s economy annually.