The upgrade of the Leeds to Manchester link should form the first phase of HS3 to be developed in detail

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It should comprise a long-term programme with the objective of reducing journey times to 30 minutes, alongside substantial capacity and frequency improvements. The first part of this should be a shorter-term plan, to be developed and implemented by TfN and Network Rail by 2022, to cut the journey time between these cities and to onward destinations by roughly 20 per cent from 49 to 40 minutes, enhance capacity and improve service regularity and frequency.

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