A call to locate Sheffield’s new HS2 station in the city centre has been reissued - after transport chiefs decided to change the planned site in Leeds.
HS2 has announced that it is to integrate high speed rail into the existing Leeds station.
In Sheffield, city council chiefs have been campaigning for the high speed station to be in the city centre rather than at Meadowhall, of which the Government says ‘evidence continues to suggest this is likely to be the best way of serving the wider South Yorkshire region.’
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore welcomed the Leeds decision, adding: “This is what makes sense for transport, regeneration and economic growth, and is exactly what we are working so hard to achieve in Sheffield.
“Transport for the North or ‘HS3’, is all about connecting city centres. For us, this means that, if HS2 is at Meadowhall, Sheffield faces the absurdity of a four-mile gap between HS2 and HS3 stations.
“HS2 Ltd have seen sense and moved the proposed Leeds station for this very reason. We are optimistic the same logic and overwhelming economic case will prevail in Sheffield City Region.”
Chiefs say a city centre station would create more jobs, homes and a bigger boost to the economy, and they will continue to work with HS2 on a solution.
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said ‘the same logic’ used in Leeds should be applied in Sheffield.
In a Government report it said that arguments in favour of a city centre location were ackowledged and analysis would continue to be examined.
A final decision of the location for the South Yorkshire hub is expected in autumn 2016.