Labour motion for rail scheme

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THE campaign to bring high speed rail to Sheffield is on the agenda at today’s full council meeting.

Labour councillors are proposing a motion calling on the Government to ensure that the whole scheme is approved by Parliament in one bill.

Ministers are considering approving the project in two separate stages and Labour fear if the project is split, there is a chance the northern extensions from Birmingham to cities including Sheffield could be delayed or axed in the future.

Supporters of high speed rail say that one million jobs could be created by the investment, believing that it would improve the connection between some of the UK’s major cities, making them more attractive locations for investors.

Sheffield Council’s Labour cabinet member Leigh Bramall said: “It is vital that the Government does not back down on its commitment to high speed rail for Sheffield.”