‘HS3’ speech met with concern

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City Region bosses have given a lukewarm response to the Chancellor’s speech yesterday calling for a Northern HS3 rail line between Manchester and Leeds.

James Newman, chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said he welcomed news of investment plans but he was disappointed Sheffield City Region and Hull were not mentioned.

He added: “We will be seeking to explore this further with Government, including accelerating the delivery of HS2 and reducing journey times from Manchester to Sheffield on the transpennine route.”

Andrew Denniff, chief executive at Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, said: “The ambitions for a ‘Northern HS3’ is positive, we must surely focus on getting HS2 into construction first and agreeing within our own region that the new station should be at Meadowhall.

“We must also continue to look at how we improve on vital road and rail routes across the southern Pennines. South Yorkshire’s links to Manchester and beyond are woeful, with only the current Hope Valley rail-link and inadequate roads often at the mercy of bad weather and congestion.”