The chances of Sheffield’s proposed high-speed rail station being built in the city centre are now ‘50/50’, a key city councillor has said.
Support for a new train station to accommodate the planned HS2 high-speed train network stretching across the country and into the city from London has been divided between the city centre and Meadowhall.
Sheffield Council has been campaigning for the terminal to be located at the old Victoria Station site rather than the Government’s preferred site at Meadowhall - the latter also favoured by Rotherham and Barnsley authorities.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said in 2013 he supported the station being built at Meadowhall rather than the city centre.
But Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, told a meeting of Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group: “We are still working very hard to convince the Government that the Castle Gate area would be a much better site for a high speed rail station.
“If that proves to be successful I think it will have a massive impact on the area in terms of transforming it.
“The odds are 50/50 at the moment. We’ve come a long way. It was completely off the table when we started, but there are positive noises about it.
“We’ve come a long way and I think it’s absolutely critical.
“The potential is huge if we get the right decision.”
A spokesman for Nick Clegg said: “HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity. Notwithstanding the issues over affordability and the potential to cause disruption, the prospect of having Sheffield’s high speed rail station in the city centre is very much on the table.”