Sheffield residents back high speed rail network

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CONSULTATION about the planned new high speed rail network carried out on behalf of the Government has found that 96 per cent of respondents in Sheffield were in favour of the project.

In total, 55,000 people around the country gave their views to the Department for Transport about plans to build high speed routes north of Birmingham.

Sheffield had the joint highest proportion of people in favour of the project, along with Leeds and Manchester.

There were 707 people in Sheffield who gave their views for the consultation process.

The new network would reduce journeys by train between Sheffield and London from just over two hours to one hour and 15 minutes.

Plans for the route through Sheffield are set to be revealed in the autumn.

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