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New Sheffield supertram line in ‘transport revolution’

Expansion: Sheffield supertram to go through Sheaf Valley.

Expansion: Sheffield supertram to go through Sheaf Valley.

SHeffield is set to get a new Supertram line, it will be revealed today when Meadowhall is confirmed as the location for the city’s new high speed rail station.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will announce the new High Speed 2 routes from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester in the House of Commons.

The line to South Yorkshire will run through Rother Valley then skirt Beighton, Woodhouse and Tinsley before reaching Meadowhall.

It will then go north along Blackburn Valley, across the M1 to the east of Barnsley.

The Department for Transport admitted some homes and businesses could be at risk - but said ‘generous’ compensation will be offered.

It said plans to route trains into central Sheffield, with a stop at the old Victoria Station, would have cost more than £1 billion in tunnelling - putting more homes plus Hesley Woods at risk.

The Meadowhall high speed station will be separate from the shopping centre and interchange.

And because it is out of town hundreds of millions of pounds has been pledged for cross-city transport improvements.

Proposals include a new Supertram through the Sheaf Valley with stops at Heeley, Nether Edge, Millhouses, ending at Dore.

Tram tracks will be built along the railway, causing minimal disruption.

An alternative plan would see expansion of the Sheaf Valley railway and high-frequency local stopping trains introduced.

Trams or trains will run up to six times an hour, providing a service to Meadowhall every 10 minutes.

Fast buses to Meadowhall will also be introduced.

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said journey times to London would be cut by five minutes to London and there will be speedier journeys to Leeds, the East Midlands and Birmingham.

“It is wonderful news for Sheffield - bringing a transport revolution,” Mr Clegg told The Star.

“It will create thousands of jobs and attract businesses and housing, with the faster link to London helping to close the north-south divide.

“There is still a lot of detail to hammer out, and the public and businesses will be consulted.

Mr McLoughlin said: “I am quite sure High Speed 2 is the right solution for the long term.

“The network is going to happen, it’s very important and shows our commitment to cities like Sheffield.”

Northern sections of High Speed 2 - numbered after High Speed 1, the route from the Channel Tunnel into London - will be open by 2033.

The project will cost £32.7 billion.

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said: “It’s excellent news the route has been confirmed and that we will have a stop in Sheffield.

“But it is right compensation is provided for homes and businesses affected.”

 

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