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HS2 cuts London-Oxenholme to under 2 hours, helping boost the Lake District's economy in quieter months.

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HS2 will transform journey times

bringing more opportunities within closer reach for work, trade, leisure and education.

Faster journey times will encourage people and businesses to seek new opportunities.

The UK Tourism sector stands to benefit from better connecting tourist destinations in the Midlands and North to domestic and international tourists in London and the South East.

The sector creates jobs for over 4 million people in the UK and many of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations will be easily accessible via high speed rail on HS2.

Cumbria attracted over 16 million visitors in 2014, supporting over 16,000 jobs. However, a relatively low share of visitors to the Lake District originate from London.

HS2 will bring the Lake District within the same journey time by rail from London, as the Peak District using current rail services.

This offers the Lakes the opportunity to expand the reach of its tourist market. At less than 2 hours journey time from London Euston to Oxenholme, HS2 will make Cumbria accessible to visitors from the South East for weekend trips, helping to fill vacancies during the quieter spring and autumn “shoulder seasons”.