Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore has joined representatives of cities around the country, academics and business leaders to discuss how to maximise the economic boost from high speed rail.
The Government has claimed that the £40 billion HS2 scheme, which includes at station at Meadowhall, Sheffield, will lead to economic growth worth £2 for every £1 spent.
Coun Dore and the other business and political leaders have formed a task force which has met for the first time and will gather regularly.
Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales Conservative MP, said: “HS2 is about far more than just a new railway, it provides a once in a generation opportunity to drive growth, generate jobs, and secure our country’s future prosperity.”
He added: “We have no choice but to address the increasing demands on our transport system that Britain will face in the next decade to be able to compete in the global economic race.”
“The task force members’ skills and experience will help ensure that we squeeze every possible benefit from this vital project.
“HS2 will act as catalyst to regeneration and major development schemes.”
Other members of the taskforce include the leaders of Manchester and Birmingham city councils, Lorraine Baldry, who chairs Eurostar operator London and Continental Railways, and Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress.