Sheffield will definitely benefit from HS2 line

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As a Sheffielder living in the South I still take a great deal of interest in the city.

I was very interested in your coverage of the HS2 debate as the scheme has been very controversial where I live in Buckinghamshire with many people opposed, and it seems a majority of your readers in South Yorks are also unenthusiastic.

However I’m very strongly in favour of HS2 and I believe that ultimately it will contribute to much greater equality across the regions and Sheffield will definitely benefit. I also believe it will be built within its budget. We have tremendous expertise in construction in the UK and can deliver huge projects efficiently as the Olympics proved.

I therefore agree with the local politicians who remain enthusiastic about HS2 in the face of public scepticism.

However, I do wish that they would reconsider their continued hankering after another large project, the ill-fated New Retail Quarter.

The pipe dream of creating a regional shopping destination in the city centre should be dropped in favour of creating a quality retail and cultural hub for which many of the essential elements already exist.

The Sevenstones site should be completely rethought as a high quality mixed use development incorporating the remaining old buildings restored and the original cobbled lanes retained.

Carl Shillito

Denham, Uxbridge