Doncaster mayor in talks with Government over concerns about ‘shock’ HS2 switch

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Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones has raised concerns with the Government over plans to run the new HS2 rail link through Doncaster.

Homes under threat as HS2 route switches to Doncaster

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley

Following today’s HS2 announcement, Mrs Jones has vowed to support local people affected by the new route proposals and fight to ensure that Doncaster does not lose out as a result of the cost-saving exercise.

Commenting on the HS2 announcement, she said “I support the national HS2 project and recognise its importance to our country. However, I am shocked and surprised by these significant last minute changes. They have never been suggested during the last four years so it is extremely disappointing that local people and our communities are being put in this position at the eleventh hour.

“I understand the financial challenges facing the project, but saving money must not be achieved at the expense of people living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and the wider Sheffield City Region.

“I have spoken to local Councillors and MPs, and we will be doing everything we can to support people whose homes may be affected and those communities that will be impacted if these new plans go ahead.

“We need to go through the proposals in detail and analyse their impact but our position is very clear. I cannot support any proposal which reduces job creation and economic growth forecasts unless alternative growth mechanisms are in place and I will certainly not back any proposal where people in communities like Mexborough and Denaby take a hit on jobs, housing or quality of life without significant benefits in return.

“I have already spoken to the Secretary of State to raise our concerns and I am grateful that he has agreed to arrange a meeting with us to discuss these new proposals.”