High Speed Rail - Engine for Growth
Sheffield City Council has responded to the government’s latest consultation on HS2 proposals to bring a connection to HS2 directly into Sheffield city centre.
Following a campaign led by Sheffield’s business community and the local media to move the proposed HS2 station from Meadowhall to the city centre, HS2 Ltd published a report in July 2016 proposing a HS2 connection directly into Midland station. This acknowledged the key points forward by the campaign, which was based on the increased economic impact a city centre station could generate.
In November 2016, the Government announced that the Secretary of State for Transport was ‘minded to accept’ HS2’s proposals for South Yorkshire as Government's preferred option and was seeking views on this option as part of a public consultation.
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 by connecting to Northern Powerhouse Rail, it will reduce journey times to Leeds to under 30 minutes.
Sheffield City Council’s response to this consultation can be downloaded on this page, along with previous reports that set out the economic case for a city centre station.
A final decision on station location is expected in the summer of 2017. Building of the new line will begin in 2017 with Sheffield City Region’s phase currently due to start in the 2020s.