High Speed Rail - Engine for Growth
Sheffield’s business campaign to bring its HS2 station into the city centre has been backed by HS2 bosses.
The announcement comes after a sustained campaign by business and political leaders making the case for a city centre location rather than the proposed Meadowhall site.
In November this year Government will make a final decision on the station locations for all northern cities on the HS2 line. This will be followed by a public consultation for businesses and residents affected by the route. Building of the new line will begin in 2017 with Sheffield City Region’s phase currently due to start in the 2020s.
The move maximises the economic impact of high speed rail. Figures showed that, compared to Meadowhall, a city centre location would create 6,500 more jobs, 1,000 more homes and pump up to £5bn more into the local economy. You can read Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore’s reaction to the city centre location here.
High Speed Rail (HSR) will bring improved connectivity between major cities outside of London and we believe it is critical to achieving long term, sustainable economic growth in the city region. HS2 will run from London to Birmingham, then on to Manchester and Leeds, calling at Sheffield. This will reduce Sheffield’s journey times to London by 40 minutes and connected to Northern powerhouse rail will reduce journey times to Leeds and Manchester to under 30 minutes.
The whole network is to be completed by 2034. For more details of the route and timelines please visit the Department for Transport site here