Council welcomes 
HS2 growth taskforce

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Sheffield Council has welcomed the launch of a HS2 growth taskforce - and say they hope it will reconsider proposed location of the Sheffield station.

Lord Deighton, the former LOCOG boss, will lead the taskforce which aims to maximise the economic benefits, including job creation.

And Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council, said he hoped that would include rethinking the Meadowhall site.

“We welcome the launch of the High Speed Rail Growth Taskforce,” he said.

“This marks the next step in this exciting project that will be a crucial economic driver for the Sheffield city region.

“With their choice of initial preferred station location in Sheffield, the Government is missing a major opportunity to maximise the economic benefits from HS2 for the UK.

“The Meadowhall location offers less opportunity for economic growth and job creation as even the Government’s own figures show.

“We believe the evidence is clear that the station location should be in Sheffield city centre, at the Victoria site, where it will provide an additional £5 billion GVA growth to the Sheffield City Region’s and the UK’s economy, creating up to 6,000 more jobs compared to the proposed Meadowhall site.”

“Sheffield City Council strongly supports High Speed Rail and we look forward to working with the Taskforce, alongside Government, local businesses and key stakeholders, in order to ensure HS2 delivers the greatest economic benefits for Sheffield City Region.

The HS2 trains will run at 225mph and will cut journeys to London to 69 minutes.